Spelling is a common bugbear for dyslexics, but parents may be wondering what ‘dyslexic spelling’ looks like in practice.
In fact, the way a dyslexic child spells will look very different depending on her age.
Here are some broad examples of what dyslexic spelling might look like in younger and older children:
6-year-old with dyslexia:
miy techr seb i LuT neb To Lurn mi k wbs
(My teacher said I need to learn my key words.)
8-year-old with dyslexia:
my teecher siad I need triy harDer at speling and not Be laizey
(My teacher said I need to try harder at spelling and not be lazy.)
10-year-old with dyslexia:
My werk comes back whith, halve off everyfink crossed out nowe I jut aviod words I ca’nt spell
(My work comes back with half of everything crossed out. Now I just avoid words I can’t spell.)
14-year-old with dyslexia:
My teachers Bang on about the the importense of spelling sow I just pritenD check my work I Don’t see the point.
(My teachers bang on about the importance of spelling, so I just pretend to check my work. I don’t see the point.)
Wondering why these mistakes tend to crop up in dyslexics’ writing? Find out more about the ways dyslexics struggle with spelling.