I was recently talking with a mom who was telling me that her son had an auditory processing problem and was a terrible reader but did not have dyslexia.  This sort of threw me for a loop because I couldn’t figure out why this otherwise bright child didn’t have dyslexia.

This led me on a hunt for information on other names for dyslexia.


What dyslexia is called depends upon the type of specialist who did the testing, and their understanding and knowledge of dyslexia. Here are some other names for dyslexia that you may not have known about.

Other Names for Dyslexia

Unlike makers of cancer causing MSG that sneakily create multiple names for their product to deceive consumers, these ‘other’ names for dyslexia are not caused by any sinister plan or trickery.

What dyslexia is called depends upon the type of specialist who did the testing, and their understanding and knowledge of dyslexia.

Dyslexia affects many different areas, but some testers only check one area. They find one weakness and come to the wrong conclusion. They don’t realize that weakness may be part of a bigger problem: dyslexia.

Has your child been diagnosed with any of the following but not with dyslexia?

  • Auditory Discrimination Problem
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
  • Orthographic Deficit
  • Difficulty remembering spelling patterns
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dysnomia
  • Dysphonetic Deficit
  • Phonemic Awareness Deficit
  • Reading Disability (RD)
  • Reading Fluency Problem
  • Short-term or Long-term Memory Deficit
  • Specific Language Disability (SLD)
  • Visual Processing Disorder
  • Visual-Motor Integration Disorder
  • Visual Memory Deficit
  • Visual Tracking Problem
  • Visual Convergence Problem
  • Vocabulary on Demand Problem
  • Word Retrieval Deficit
  • Written Language Disorder

If your child is bright and struggles with reading, learn more about the signs of dyslexia.  Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading difficulties and affects many areas of learning besides reading and spelling.

To determine if your child needs to be  tested for dyslexia and how to find a qualified tester near you, read this post How and When to Get Your Child Tested for Dyslexia.  Although it is not always necessary to have your struggling reader tested for dyslexia, it is vitally important, if you do want testing,  to find a tester that understands dyslexia.

Has your struggling reader received a diagnosis listed here?  How did you discover that your child had dyslexia?