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Pre-school level indicators

Although it may not be possible to screen accurately for dyslexia at pre-school level, nonetheless, there are a number of indicators which may predict later difficulties with language and literacy; see the BDA website.

For results of recent longitudinal study of children at high risk of dyslexia assessed from age 3 years, 6 months to 8 years, see Thompson et al (2015).

Early Help, Better Future by Jean Augur provides a short guide to early identification of dyslexia.

For further information on early indicators, see the BDA minibook, Dyslexia: Early Identification and the NHS website.

Download the Literacy Leap Early Years ‘At-Risk’ Checklist. This checklist may be used as a first step to investigate some of the early indicators that a child may be at risk of dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties (SpLD). Any concerns about a child should always be followed up by consulting a specialist teacher. 

For further information about signs of dyslexia, see the following pages -