One thing I hate about dyslexia is how whenever I see it portrayed on TV or when someone talks about it, it’s always one very specific version that’s always used. However, there are many different types of dyslexia, and what’s more, each individual will be affected by their type of dyslexia in a very individualised way. Therefore, I present to you the different types of dyslexia so people can become more aware of the learning difficulty.
If any of the different types of dyslexia rings a bell with you and your learning, reading, writing, and spelling struggles, you should get yourself tested if you can. It made a huge difference to me when I found out I was dyslexic: How Being Diagnosed With Dyslexia Changed My Life.
It should be noted that the UK refers to dyslexia as a learning difficulty and not a learning disability, whereas, from what I’ve noticed, the US refers to dyslexia as a learning disability.
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling, as well as other abilities that aid in learning. However, unlike learning disabilities, intelligence isn’t affected (NHS), but it can hold you back if you don’t learn to adapt.
Everyone with dyslexia will have their own unique learning issues, with no two people having it expressed in the exact same way. Dyslexia can also range from being mild to severe, and can be caused by several different specific weaknesses or a combination of weaknesses (Home Schooling With Dyslexia), hence the need to ask, “what are the types of dyslexia?”
Because no two sufferers will present with the exact same dyslexic needs, it can be difficult for educators to identify the best teaching solutions (Touch-type Read & Spell). However, if the right strategies can be found and utilised, then people with dyslexia can thrive.
According to the Dyslexia Center of Utah, 15-20% of the student population has a language-based learning disability, of which dyslexia is the most common, but there are others.
It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK suffers from some form of dyslexia (NHS), and Dyslexia International states that over 700 million adults and children globally suffer from some type of dyslexia.
Unfortunately, dyslexia can run in families. Parents with dyslexia are likely to have children with dyslexia. Therefore, the sooner they can identify if their children have it, the sooner they can learn to adapt to being dyslexic (The International Dyslexia Association). That’s because dyslexia makes reading fluently difficult, affecting academic success, as well as self-esteem and social-emotional development (Dyslexia International).
I wasn’t diagnosed as being dyslexic until I started my MSc in my mid-thirties, but knowing sooner would have made the world of difference (My Life Before My Dyslexia Diagnosis). So the sooner you can get your child tested, the better.
General Dyslexia Symptoms
I won’t provide a complete list of general dyslexia symptoms, as the NHS already has a great list of general symptoms. Instead, I’ll just add a few examples. However, for a complete list of general dyslexia symptoms, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dyslexia/symptoms/
Here are a few examples of general dyslexia symptoms:
Symptoms in preschooler – Speech problems, like not being able to pronounce long words properly and “jumbling” up phrases.
Schoolchildren – Spelling that’s inconsistent and unpredictable.
Teenagers and adults – Difficulties studying for exams.
My personal favourite that makes my life with dyslexia a pain in the rear:
Dyslexic people find it difficult to recognise the different sounds that form words and relate these to letters (NHS).
I’m so bad with this that most spellchecks and even Grammarly can’t always figure out what word I’m trying to spell. If it wasn’t for Google, I wouldn’t be able to figure out the correct spelling for a lot of words. Although this can sometimes take a while as often I’m so completely wrong with how to spell a word that I have to figure it out by Googling other words that mean something similar, and then looking through the related words. Having dyslexia is so much fun.
Types Of Dyslexia
Visual dyslexia or rapid naming deficit
A person may reverse or transpose letters, have issues with finding words on a page, and be prone to skip over them (Touch-type Read & Spell).
This is the form of dyslexia that is most talked about in the media and portrayed in TV shows and films, in my experience. Because I never had an issue like this, it was the reason I doubted I was dyslexic until I talked to the student support team at my university and I finally got tested.
This is when you have a hard time reading words that don’t follow the general rules of pronunciation. Unfortunately, the English language has a truckload of words that aren’t pronounced the way they’re spelt. Therefore, sufferers of this form of dyslexia will take longer to be able to recognise common words by sight and know they don’t follow the usual pronunciation rules (NumberDyslexia.com).
This form of dyslexia causes you to have difficulty processing sounds of letters or groups of letters, and multiple sounds may be fused as a singular sound. For the most part, this form of dyslexia is a lot like phonological dyslexia. However, I stumbled across additional information associated with this version that I hadn’t seen with phonological dyslexia, so I thought I’d keep these two as separate types of dyslexia.
The following is a list of some of those differences (The Reading Well):
- Constantly misunderstanding what others say.
- Difficulty with hearing when background noise is present.
- Difficulty pronouncing Ls, Rs and Ths.
- Frequently scramble multi-syllabic words.
- Difficulty following a series of instructions.
- Weak auditory memory.
- Weak comprehension of something just heard.
This is when people have trouble recognising whole words, which causes slow reading (Touch-type Read & Spell).
This form of dyslexia causes the occurrence of semantic errors, whereby you’ll read a word that says ‘street’ as saying ‘road’ instead. It can also cause visual errors whereby you’ll misread words that say ‘cone’ as ‘bone’, or derivational errors whereby you’ll read ‘play’ as ‘playing’. Supposedly, this occurs mainly due to head trauma or stroke (Numberdyslexia.com), although I’ve noticed this becoming more and more of a problem in myself as I’ve grown older.
This is where you have trouble breaking down the sounds of words and matching those sounds with written symbols. In short, you’ll find it hard to sound out or “decode” words. This form of dyslexia is believed to be the most common form of dyslexia (Understood).
I struggle with this one the most. Because I can’t break down how the words are meant to sound, it’s extremely difficult to figure out how words are meant to be spelt, even common words I use all the time. Another way this can express itself, for me at least, is by mixing up similar-sounding words (Nessy), something I sometimes do mid-word.
Double deficit dyslexia
It’s not uncommon to have more than one kind of dyslexia (Everyday Health). The most likely types of dyslexia to co-occur are phonological and visual dyslexia (rapid naming). However, double deficit dyslexia is the least common form, but also the hardest to compensate for (Homeschooling With Dyslexia). When I finally got tested for dyslexia, I was diagnosed with more than one dyslexia deficit.
Dysgraphia is its own separate learning difficulty that affects a person’s ability to write. Writing that hasn’t been traced/copied, or what you could call freehand writing, is most strongly affected by dyslexic dysgraphia. This results in writing that is often illegible, which can get worse the longer they write. Spelling, either oral or written, is also extremely poor. However, drawing and copying aren’t affected (ADDitude).
My handwriting is terrible, and it gets worse the longer I write. My handwriting hasn’t changed since I was about 7 years old. It’s so bad that I can barely read it and I had to resort to writing in capitals all the time. But even then I can’t always read my handwriting. Since stumbling onto this form of dyslexia, I’ve been wondering if I had it, but so far I’ve not found a way to be tested for it.
Trauma dyslexia or acquired dyslexia
As the subheading would suggest, this type of dyslexia isn’t something you’re born with, but rather something that’s developed as a result of some sort of brain trauma/injury to the area of the brain responsible for reading and writing (Medicine Net).
That’s it. I hope you found the types of dyslexia informative. If you’re interested in reading more about my dyslexia story, you can do so by checking out: My Life Before My Dyslexia Diagnosis and How Being Diagnosed With Dyslexia Changed My Life.
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87 thoughts on “What Are The Types Of Dyslexia?”
Really informative post! I had no idea that there were so many different forms of dyslexia. Personally, I’ve never struggled with learning difficulties, but I currently study psychology and we’ve started to learn about the different causes and forms. I find it so important to learn about these difficulties in order to understand and help others. Thank you so much for sharing!
To be honest, I was a little surprised myself, and I have dyslexia ha ha ha
It’s great insight! This post will surely help a lot of information seekers. Thanks for posting?
Really a good information. Never know that dyslexia have so much variety: seems like you are from medical field
I mainly work and study in addiction counselling, so not the medical field, but kind of close to it
ok… I got it
Great and informative post. I have never learned more about it tbh, but this blog really picks up some key elements and brings them forth. Thanks a lot. And hope you’re doing well
Good post! I learned a lot about dyslexia from reading this post. Thank you for sharing.
I think all teachers should read this. Leave no child behind
Indeed, it certainly would have helped me if they had
Super interesting read, didn’t know all this. Thinking I might have auditory dyslexia…
It might be an idea to get tested if you can, if it’s affecting you quality of life
This is great information. My husband is dyslexic, which encouraged me to do A LOT of research along with asking him question to better understand what he personally experiences. I learned that I knew very little about what it meant to have dyslexia. I admit, prior to meeting him, I fell in the category of people who where only familiar with the one type depicted in the media. Thank you for helping to pull back the curtain and share this information with anyone interested in learning.
I always had a suspension I was dyslexic, when I hit my late teens, but I worked with someone who had a different presentation for there dyslexia, and due to my lack of knowledge, figured because mine wasn’t like that then I must just be stupid. Turns out, many many years later, that I actually was dyslexic.
If you don’t know enough about something then you can easily dismiss it
One of the reasons I used to struggle with English words, especially in pronunciation, is because my mother is not native to the United States. She comes from Pakistan, where the accent, especially on ‘a’s’, is different. So my
‘tomatoes’ and ‘can’t’s always raise eyebrows with new people.
I love that you share the different types of dyslexia; it is so true that we might overlook something if we do not know what we are looking at.
It also doesn’t help that Americans use the wrong kind of English ha ha ha ?
Thanks for this informative post! I never thought there’s a lot of types of dyslexia.
It was a surprise to me too
Thank you for sharing this. I feel like dyslexia isn’t really talked about with adults. I’m dyslexic as well, I have a hard time trying to follow verbal instructions or when someone is spelling somehting I can’t keep up with the letters, and often get confused between d and g or try to add an e to theend of words where it doesn’t belong!
Thank you so much for sharing this!
I don’t even bother trying if someone’s spelling something out loud anymore
Great post. Who knew that there were so many different forms of dyslexia? Well, you did, obviously, but I certainly didn’t and I suspect many others don’t. Thanks for enlightening me (and them)!
To be fair, it surprised me too
There’s lots of great information here, thank you for sharing! I personally had no idea there were so many different forms of dyslexia, but it makes sense that it would manifest in different ways and that there would also be a severity spectrum associated with it.
Thank you. It does make sens that it’d be like that, but until you looked into it you often don’t make these kinds of connections, I know I didn’t before
I knew there was more to dyslexia than the jumping letters things, but didn’t really know what, and didn’t know there was quite so many types.
I was the same until I looked into it
I never thought there will be much information on dyslexia
Thank you for sharing this post ?
It’s really useful ?
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This was a great post and a really incredible resource for me! As I was reading, I made a lot of connections to my husband, who struggles with a few of these items and really jumbles up his speech sometimes. Everyone always told him that he just “goes too fast.” To this day, his parents say that. Reading this and seeing the similarities really shocked me, and we had a conversation about it and how he always just accepted that things are harder for him. I’d love for him to learn more and possibly get help. Thank you for sharing!
My mum made similar kind of remarks whenever I brought up the fact that I thought I was dyslexic. Even after being diagnosed, my mum still denies it. I hope your husband can now find strategies that’ll help him improve in the areas he’s been struggling int
I am a certified teacher and a few years ago I had this one student, a freshman in high school, who was put into my English class. I am a special education teacher but I had a few of my own classes for kids that need extra help. This student had dyslexia but one of the things I tried to teach him was how to live with it, I guess you would say. I would ask him what he struggled with and we would find ways to conquer that. The following year he went back to a “typical” class and so much got done for him because of his dyslexia. It used to make me so angry because I felt like people were teaching him how to have a disability instead of how to live with a disability. I don’t know. I just think there are ways that every person can learn, what it is may vary and how much, but people like to learn,
That’s unfortunate that instead of allowing an aiding him to find ways to adapt to his learning difficulties, they instead overcompensated which by doing the work for him, which won’t do him any favours in the long run
No and I was so proud of his progress when I had him. He was proud of himself too. The last year I was at that school he was a going to be a senior. His mother already told him what college he was going to. It was one for people with Dyslexia. That’s fine, if that’s what he wants but I always said they made him more handicapped every year!
They have colleges specifically for people with dyslexia? With adjustments he should be able to attend any college and still do well
Yeah, that’s what I said but his mother insists on giving him absolutely every accommodation and modification known to the special education department. You could probably say any one of them and I could give you an example. So sad…
I wonder if she asked what he wanted
Yeah, you’re probably right on that
Very interesting post. Had no idea there was multiple types of dyslexia. Great post!
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I wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until I was at university, and I found this post so interesting as I never realised that there were so many different types of dyslexia out there. Thanks for sharing
I hope you got additional support and found it useful, once you got your diagnosis
This is such a great post, I didn’t know there were different types of dyslexia. Thank you for sharing I will use this in my professional life
I’m glad you might find it useful
This was interesting to read. I didn’t know there were so many different types of dyslexia.
Makes you wonder how many other versions of learning difficulties there are
Wow! I had no idea that there were so many different types of dyslexia. Like you mentioned in the post, I’m so accustomed to hearing about a very narrow view of dyslexia. I’m also pretty surprised at some of the stats, like 15-20% of students having a language-based learning disability. I don’t think I expected it to be that high. Thanks for sharing all of this information!
After coming across dyslexia dysgraphia, I’ve been wondering how I can properly tested for that. If you don’t know about it, then you don’t know about it. Hopefully this will help people get the support they need
This is super interesting! I have dyscalculia but I’d never heard that there are types of dyslexia, maybe that’s a thing for dyscalculia as well?
I cam across dyslexia dysgraphia of a dysgraphia site which has several forms of dysgraphia listed, so it wouldn’t surprise me if their were different subsets to dyscalculia as well, all being on a spectrum
Thank you for sharing this. As a Psychology student who is interested in language this was extremely informative and another post that I will be looking back on! The links are really useful as well! 🙂
I’m glad you found it all useful ?
I had no idea that there were types of dyslexia -this was a very enlightening and educational post. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading
Thanks for sharing, I’m on the autism spectrum which has a lot of different conditions on it like dyslexia that you have explained. My learning disability was often mixed up with dyslexia because it had similar traits when some of the elements were completely different, I still struggle with them 🙂
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Sorry to hear about how they weren’t sure which learning issue you had, I hope that confusion is no longer an issue
Thank you for sharing this info!
Insightful post. Didn’t even know that there are types of dyslexia
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Great post! Thank you for sharing! This is so informative and important!
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Great post! I learned something new today!! This was very informative and detailed!
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This is so good for me because I work in education. Thanks
Glad you found it useful
Wow, I didn’t realize there were so many types! Thank you for sharing.
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I am glad to learn that there are so many types.
This is a subject that’s very close to my heart as I assess and tutor pupils with dyslexia. Dyslexia certainly does present itself in different ways and academics are still trying to identify the specific parts of the brain affected by it. They’re getting closer and continuing to research it.
It’d be interesting to see where the research goes, but right now I’d just like to find a way to study better ha ha ha
I had no idea there were different types of dyslexia! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be using this post to help me better understand what my students are going through.
I hope it helps you identify students who may not realise they have dyslexia yet
I had no idea there were so many different types of dyslexia. That would have to be very frustrating. Another well researched and informational post!
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This is super interesting. I have never really had any major issues with reading, writing or comprehension when it comes to letters, words and phrases or anything spoken to me. My only issue has been numbers. Ever since I was little I would get really confused by numbers. I would read them wrong. 683 would become 368 or 836. I would do math problems and would sometimes either come up with the right answer but the work would be way off or the work would seem to be right but then the answer would be way off. When I started working in retail I would always give the wrong change back but if I counted it back to see I would get a number that was based off the total but inverted somehow. So like, if someone gave me a $10 for $5.63 and I should be giving back $4.37. I might actually see the total as $6.35 or $5.36, etc and give back $3.65 or $4.64. I still do it and it drives me nuts and I’ve always wondered if it’s a type or form of dyslexia.