SLES Podcast Episode 3: Signs of Dyslexia: Early Childhood


Welcome back to the Successful Learning Educational Services Podcast!  Do you know what signs to look for to recognize if your child might have dyslexia?  Have you thought that you had to wait for the terrible phone call from your child’s 3rd grade teacher telling you your child is struggling to read to determine that your child has dyslexia?  Well, you’re in luck!  Cheryl is going to share with us the early signs, so that you can be aware and knowledgeable for yourself!!

Show notes:

Reading Rockets: Activities to encourage speech and language development

Reading Rockets’ Link to ASHA: Articles by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA: American Speech Language Hearing Association

Phonemic Awareness in Young Children


Some of the links in our notes are affiliate links.  We only provide resources that we fully believe in and use ourselves.  We hope you will find the resources helpful.

Music credited to Bensound: Tenderness

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