* Fails to recognize and write letters or his or her name or to use invented spelling (NIS for "nice")

* Has trouble breaking oral words into syllables (piglet = pig + let)

* Still has trouble recognizing rhyming words (cat, mat)

* Does not connect letters with sounds (Ask him or her what the letter M sounds like.)

* Has trouble remembering the alphabet, the days of the week,
counting numbers

* Confused about left vs. right; late establishing dominant hand

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