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Parents' Checklist 

Note The following is a compilation of several lists. Credit must be given to; The Dyslexia Institute U.K., Mrs. Clements, Head Nursery Teacher, Staffordshire, Mrs. Kelly and Jean Augur.

If you answer yes to several of these questions your child may be at risk for specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) and may need specialist teaching and concessions in order to perform to potential in an examination.

Name of Student _____________________________  Age ____________  Class ____________

Completed by _______________________________  Date  ______________________________

Please indicate the following; eyes tested ____  hearing tested ____


  • More than usual difficulty in learning to fasten buttons, tie laces
  • Shoes often on wrong feet, seemingly unaware that they are uncomfortable
  • Appears to be clumsy or ‘accident prone’
  • Difficulty hopping, skipping or clapping a simple rhythm
  • Difficulty throwing, catching or kicking a ball
  • Possible history of slow speech development
  • Difficulty understanding prepositions e.g. in/out, under/over, forwards/backwards.  “which one is before/after?”  This may still be a problem
  • Difficulty carrying out several instructions at a time
  • Difficulty learning to tell the time
  • Other members of the family have similar difficulties

Age 7 - present

  • Performs below expectation. Bright in one way with a ‘block’ in others
  • Resistant to school

Difficulties with language. This can affect social acceptance among peers.

  • Errors (malapropisms), hesitancy in speech
  • Excessive spoonerisms e.g. par cark for car park
  • Difficulty in pronouncing multi-syllabic words e.g. ‘hostipal’ for ‘hospital’
  • Difficulty in finding the name for an object; uses ‘thing’ a lot
  • Misunderstands, e.g sixty/sixteen, shovel/shuffle

  • Confusion between left and right
  • Undetermined hand preference
  • Difficulty remembering what day it is, when his birthday is, his address or telephone number
  • Difficulty with time and tense. Unsure about yesterday and tomorrow
  • Difficulty remembering anything in sequential order e.g. days of the week, months of the year, skip-counting, tables
  • Marked difference between handwriting skills (poor) and drawing skills. Some of these children are extremely talented artists yet presentation skills are poor
  • Poor reading progress
  • Learns spelling for test but still gets many words wrong.  Written work difficult to read
  • Evidence of lateral thinking.  Draws from an unusual angle
  • Excessive tiredness due to the amount of concentration and effort required often for very little result
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