Middle School Signs
- Very slow in acquiring reading skills. Reading is slow and awkward
- Trouble reading unfamiliar words, often making wild guesses because he cannot sound out the word
- Doesn’t seem to have a strategy for reading new words
- Avoids reading out loud
- Searches for a specific word and ends up using vague language, such as “stuff” or “thing” a lot, without
- naming the object?
- Pauses, hesitates, and/or uses lots of “umm’s” when speaking
- Confuses words that sound alike, such as saying “tornado” for “volcano,” substituting “lotion” for “ocean”
- Mispronunciation of long, unfamiliar, or complicated words
- Seems to need extra time to respond to questions.
- Trouble with remembering dates, names, telephone numbers, random lists
- Has trouble finishing tests on time
- Extreme difficulty learning a foreign language
- Messy handwriting
- Low self-esteem that may not be immediately visible
- Spells the same word differently in the same homework assignment.
- Struggles with writing assignments
- Struggles to fit in
- Excellent thinking skills: conceptualization, reasoning, imagination, abstraction.
- Learning through meaning rather than rote memorization.
- Ability to get the “big picture”.
- A high level of understanding of what is read to him.
- The ability
to read and to understand a highly
practiced word in a special area of interest or hobby.
- Improvement as an area of interest becomes more specialized and focused, when he develops a miniature vocabulary that he can read.
- A surprisingly sophisticated listening vocabulary.
in areas not dependent on reading, such as math, computers, and visual
arts, or excellence in more conceptual subjects,
such as philosophy, biology, social studies, and creative