Signs of Reading and Writing Disorders

Those with learning disorders manifest different symptoms and at different times in their lives. Following are some of the signs of those who face such challenges, based on similar lists from The International Dyslexia Association,, Focus Adolescent Services, LD Online, and Stuart Robinson, a psychology lecturer at SMU.


  • Organizing written and spoken language
  • Learning letters and their sounds
  • Memorizing number facts
  • Difficulty with planning, organization and management of time, materials and tasks.
  • Often is spatially talented
  • Difficulty learning a foreign language
  • Difficulty correctly doing math calculations
  • Trouble with open-ended questions
  • Poor note-taking skills
  • Poor grasp of abstract concepts
  • Either pays too little attention to details or focuses on them too much

Reading Differences

  • Slow reading
  • Poor phonetic skills
  • Poor comprehension
  • Weak short-term memory
  • Poor auditory skills
  • Mispronounces words
  • Interchanges similar letters and sounds
  • Misreads information

Writing Differences

  • Poor spelling, frequently spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Trouble summarizing
  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor grammar
  • Poor punctuation
  • Weak vocabulary
  • Leaves out words
  • Slow writer

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