He's an explorer, a creative-play type of child rather than a sit-and-do board games kid, although he used to have computer games like Freddie Fish and PuttPutt where he was able to pay attention and solve the mysteries by himself. He also has the ability to come up with deeper meanings and correlations in life and events that seem beyond his age.
I'm worried because in a couple of weeks the class will move on to phonics and he won't be ready. The teacher said he might be able to learn the ABCs through manipulative hands-on learning, but she doesn't have a lot of that scheduled. Should he be tested for dyslexia?
May talk later than most children
May have difficulty pronouncing words, i.e., busgetti for spaghetti, mawn lower for lawn mower
May be slow to add new vocabulary words
May be unable to recall the right word
May have difficulty with rhyming
May have trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, colors, shapes, how to spell and write his or her name
May have trouble interacting with peers
May be unable to follow multi-step directions or routines
Fine motor skills may develop more slowly than in other children
May have difficulty telling and/or retelling a story in the correct sequence
Often has difficulty separating sounds in words and blending sounds to make words
Children rarely exhibit all these signs, but children who have more than one or two of them should be evaluated for possible dyslexia. The good news is that children who are evaluated and given appropriate instruction early have the best chance of becoming successful readers and writers.
You have a right as a parent to request a free evaluation for your son by your local school district to determine if a possible learning disability exists. Not all evaluators, however, are skilled at identifying dyslexia in young children. If you call the International Dyslexia Association at 1-800-ABCD123, they will help you to walk yourself through this process.
In the meantime, you might want to read Susan Hall and Louisa Moats' book for parents: Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years.