What are the symptoms of reading disorders?

People with reading disorders often have different combinations of symptoms.

Symptoms can include:1,2,3

  • Problems sounding out words
  • Difficulty recognizing sounds and the letters that make up those sounds
  • Poor spelling
  • Slow reading
  • Problems reading out loud with correct expression
  • Problems understanding what was just read


  1. International Dyslexia Association. (n.d.). Definition of dyslexia. Retrieved August 2, 2019, from https://dyslexiaida.org/definition-of-dyslexia/ external link
  2. International Dyslexia Association. (n.d.). Frequently asked questions. Retrieved August 13, 2019, from https://dyslexiaida.org/frequently-asked-questions-2/ external link
  3. Hulme, C., & Snowling, M. J. (2016). Reading disorders and dyslexia. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 28(6), 731–735. Retrieved August 21, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5293161/


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