Back to School: Warning Signs for Developmental Dyslexia

It’s back to school for your young child! Not recognizing that your child has developmental dyslexia could severely impair their academic progress. Review this short list of warning signs and consider obtaining an evaluation for dyslexia if your child exhibits a number of these signs.

Before Kindergarten:

  • Early Language Delays
  • Difficulty Learning Letters and their Sounds
  • Difficulty with Recognition of Rhyming Patterns
  • Difficulty Learning Colors, Shapes or Numbers
  • Persistent Problems with Articulation
  • Persistent Problems with Blending of Sounds
  • Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

In the School Age Child:

  • Difficulty with Counting the Number of Syllables in Words
  • Difficulty Taking Words Apart
  • Making Reading Guesses Based on the First Letter of a Word
  • Mistakes on Little Sight Words
  • No Strategy for Reading Unfamiliar Words
  • Spelling Difficulties, Especially Outside of Tests
  • Listening Comprehension Better Than Reading Comprehension
  • Reluctance to Read Out Loud in Class
  • Slow, Word by Word Reading
  • Poor Writing Skills
  • Mispronunciation of Long/Unfamiliar Words





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CNNH Stories: Michael

“Michael was placed into our home at the age of 2 months old and by 2 years old was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder. At 8 years old medications he began medications and at 13 he was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. That year was horrific for all of us, but for Michael it was heartbreaking. We went through many doctor appointments, interventions, meds, programs, and spending many, many days and nights in the crisis unit at the hospital, battling insurance coverage to get him real help and literally begging anyone and everyone to help him. Then he had a complete psychotic break and was in the hospital for a month. There are not words to describe the hell he lived in at that time… Finally, we found some medications that helped him, but it was not enough for him to remain living in our home. He entered Bancroft and lives in a group home.

Michael started taking piano lessons when he was young but when the bipolar episodes began he had to stop. At Bancroft he began taking music therapy piano lessons. When the music therapist joined CNNH, Michael continued his lessons there and then began working with a new music therapist who had him write and sing some of his own works.
Through music he was able to calm himself when agitated and to come to terms with all that he has been through. Michael’s challenges in life will never be over but CNNH through their wonderful staff will always give him hope and peace in his world.”

-Barbara S.

What is Dyslexia and What Can We Do About It?


Hosted by the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome

An in-depth look at Dyslexia identification, research, treatment and outcomes…

This webinar will help parents, educators, and other clinicians learn to identify signs and symptoms of dyslexia, dispel commonly held myths about dyslexia, and discuss the research regarding the etiology/genetics, neuroanatomical underpinnings, neuropsychological profile, and common comorbidities of dyslexia. We will then discuss research supported interventions for individuals with dyslexia and common comorbidities as well as appropriate accommodations for the classroom. Finally, we will discuss long term outcomes of individuals with dyslexia.

Presented by Michelle Humm, PhD, Neuropsychologist at CNNH

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