What is Dyslexia?

One can look upon dyslexia as a condition in which a child has more than the usual difficulty with the written language. As such, a child with dyslexia may have reading, writing and spelling scores below the level one would expect for someone of that age and intelligence level.


Without early detection and remediation, the child may be labelled as “stupid” or “unwilling to co-operate” with the teacher. As a result, anxiety, fear, anger, and a dislike for school may become prevalent in the child. Usually parents and/or a very observant teacher may notice something is wrong, although this may not always be the case. Some parents may just assume their child just cannot grasp the concepts, or cannot take the “pressure”.

FAQ’s On Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia ?

Many Dyslexics have phonological difficulties (difficulties in sorting out the sounds within words) leading to problems with reading, writing and spelling. Dyslexic children may have difficulty with language, memory and sequencing processes of basic mathematics.

What causes Dyslexia?

It is a congenital and developmental condition which impacts the learning in the use of words.

What are the most common ways in which dyslexia shows itself?

Many dyslexics have phonological difficulties (difficulty in sorting out the sounds within words) leading to problems with reading, writing and spelling The majority of dyslexic children have difficulty with language, memory and sequencing processes of basic mathematics.

At what age does Dyslexia become a problem?

When children begin to learn using words and sometimes other symbols that it becomes a noticeable problem.

Can Dyslexia be cured?

Each dyslexic person’s difficulties are different and vary from slight to very severe disruption of the learning process. There is no total cure but the effects of dyslexia can be managed by specialist teaching and committed learning.

Does Dyslexia cause behaviour problems

Some dyslexic children have behaviour problems; these usually improve when the right kind of teaching for reading, writing, spelling and basic maths is provided.

Does having dyslexia mean a limited career future?

No, each dyslexic person has his own strengths and weaknesses. Many have lateral thinking abilities and shine in fields like arts, creativity and design.

Is my child suffering from Chinese dyslexia?

As Dyslexia is difficulty in learning to read, write and spell, learning any language can be a challenge.

  • Persistently jumbles phrases
  • Use of substitute words
  • Inability to remember known objects, e.g. table, chairs
  • Difficulty learning nursery rhymes and rhyming words such as cat, mat, and pat
  • Later than expected speech development
  • Difficulties in getting dressed efficiently and putting shoes on the correct feet
  • Enjoys being read to but shows no interest in letters or words
  • Often accused of not listening or paying attention
  • Excessive tripping, bumping into things and falling over
  • Difficulty with catching, kicking or throwing a ball, with hopping or skipping
  • Has difficulty with reading and spelling
  • Puts letters and figures the wrong way round
  • Has difficulty remembering tables, alphabet, formulae, etc
  • Leaves letters out of words or puts them in the wrong order
  • Occasionally confuses “b” and “d” and words such as on/no
  • Still needs to use fingers or marks on paper to make simple calculations
  • Poor concentration
  • Problems understanding what was read
  • Takes longer than average to do written work
  • Needs to have instructions/numbers repeated
  • Confuses places, times and dates
  • His difficulty with planning and writing essays
  • Has difficulty processing complex language or long series of instructions at speed
  • Problems processing language at speed (e.g. tied up using long words)
  • Has trouble tying shoes, dressing
  • Has difficulty telling left from right, order of days of the week, months of the year etc
  • Lacks confidence and has a poor self image
  • “Good” and “bad” days, for no apparent reason
  • Confusion between directional words such as up/down and in/out
  • Difficulty with sequences such as coloured beads, days of the week or numbers
  • A family history of dyslexia/reading difficulties


Here at the Kids Testing and Dyslexia Centre, we offer therapy sessions in English (including comprehension and creative writing), Mandarin and Mathematics.



Kids Testing & Dyslexia Centre
#02-79, Concorde Shopping Centre,
317 Outram Road,
Singapore 169075