Signs of Dyslexia: What Homeschoolers Should Look For

Homeschool boy with dyslexia holding blocks

The process of child development is as interesting as it is complex. Each child is unique and how they develop will vary. However, when additional challenges arise parents are naturally concerned and try to find answers. In particular, it can be difficult to identify if your child has an exceptional need such as dyslexia.

Having an exceptional need is not uncommon, but dealing with it for the first time isn’t always easy. While there are many homeschool students with this ability, it’s important to understand what it is based on facts from professionals rather than relying on second hand information.

According to the Canadian Association of Dyslexia, “It is a difficulty with the alphabet, reading, writing and spelling in spite of normal or above-normal intelligence, conventional teaching methods, and adequate sociocultural opportunity. Dyslexia is thought to be genetic and hereditary.”

Some dyslexic children experience letter and number reversal, but they are often gifted in the arts because they are big picture thinkers. However, dyslexia isn’t always the same in each child. In addition, it is equally as important not to diagnose your child based on internet search results. Although there are reliable sources online that you can refer to, these results should be treated subjectively. In this short video, one of HSLDA’s Exceptional Needs Specialists discusses some of the typical signs of dyslexia and what to do next.

Home education provides you with a unique opportunity to support your child’s specific needs. When you’re a member with HSLDA, you have access to homeschooling experts to help you along the way. Contact our office to arrange your free consultation with one of our Exceptional Needs Specialists by email: To learn more about exceptional needs and to watch additional videos on this subject, log into the member site today.