Lakshmi Radhakrishnan
Chair-Person  - Academics,
Madras Dyslexia Association

    Many children appear to be completely normal in every way. But they may have some learning problems that are not readily seen. These problems can be remedied by timely help of an expert. With the help of the check list given below, mothers can discover these problems. When, as a result,  they suspect something wrong, they must consult an expert at once. They should under no circumstances let the child or anyone else treat the child as abnormal in any way.

(For children below the age of 5 years)
1. Cannot state his own age  2. Uses the right had sometimes, the left hand sometimes.  (ambidextrous) 
3. Inter-changes footwear 4. Difficulty in hopping - changes leg often.
5. Difficulty in wearing a coat or a shoe. Delay in many activities. 6. Clumsiness in putting on buttons. 
7. Stubles or knocks into object frequently. 8. Tendency to invert letters while writing.
9. Holding a pencil at a wrong angle.  10.Holding a pencil very tightly.
11. Inability to colour within boundaries. 12 Inability to hold or operate a pair of scissors.
13. Inability to clap or move in keeping with music. 14. Inability to pronounce words correctly.  
15. Persistence of lisping speech. 16 Lacking fluency in speech. Tendency to use one or two word answers.
17. Tendency to mix up words. 18. Inability to form words into clear sentences.
19. Tendency to stammer. 20. Inability to express thoughts clearly.
21. Inability to tell a simple story in proper sequence.  22. Often forgetful.
23. Inability to remember and write own name.  24. Inability to remember ad recite songs. 
25. Inability to count up tp 20 correctly. 26. Mixing up names of colours.
27. Inability to speak in front of a class  28. Readiness to break into tears. 
29. Excessive shyness.  30. Given to day dreaming. 
31. Inability to carry out instructions quickly.  32. Given to hyper-activity
33. Inability to stay still even for a short time in one place.  34. Given to excessive mischief.
35. Lacking in attention.  36. Loses interest quickly.
37. Tendency to lose things often.  
(For children above the age of 5 years)
1. Described in school records as lazy, lacks application, but can do well with effort.  2. Scores well in one ubject but very poorly in another. 
3.Does not remain in one place in class.  4. Does not change habits easily.
5. Delay in development of sopeech and language skills.  6. Tendency to repeat certain words in speaking and witing.  
7. Poor memory.  8. Is able to do mental sums but is unable to handle them in writing. 
9. Delay in completing writing assignments.  10 Poor gross motor skills.
11.Can read out aloud and spell the words correctly, but cannot grasp their meaning.  12. Class performance always below average.  
13. Difficulty in understanding oral explanations.  14. Inability to proceed step by step while doing sums or reciting a story. 
15. Inability to comprehend time concepts like yesterday, today and tomorrow.  16. Inability to plan activity in a time frame, and given to delays. 
17 Inability to choose the right words in conversation.  18. Readiness to give up while handling tasks.
19. Readiness to act without thinking or considering right and wrong.  20. Inability to comprehend inner meaning.
21. Difficulty in reading lessons aloud. Q  22. Long spells of absent-mindedness.  
23. Given to day dreaming.