Language or speech problems
Children who talk late, who say very few words, who have trouble pronouncing words, or who have difficulty expressing feelings verbally may have trouble learning to read.
Children who have difficulty hearing the individual sounds in words may have trouble understanding how those sounds connect with letters in written words.
Other warning signs
Kids who might have trouble learning to read also may show some of these early warning signs:
- Difficulty rhyming words
- Difficulty learning the alphabet, numbers, or days of the week
- Difficulty following multi-step directions
- Difficulty telling or re-telling a story
See also: Get Ready to Read! — a quick screening tool for parents and caregivers of four-year-olds