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There are many ​symptoms that people with CI may experience. Many are observable by a teacher, parent, or friend, but some can only be observed by the person with CI. For information on what someone with CI may experience when reading, click here.

  • Eyestrain

  • Headaches

  • Tired, sore eyes

  • Difficulty concentrating on reading and close tasks (i.e. reading, computer work, desk work, playing video games, doing crafts, etc.)

  • Sleepiness

  • Poor sports performance

  • Difficulty in catching a ball

  • Frequent loss of place or mistakenly re-reading the same line of text

  • Avoidance of near work or reading

  • Difficulty tracking moving objects

  • Dizziness or motion sickness

  • Loss of comprehension after short periods of reading or performing close activities

Signs of CI at school:

  • Performs below potential

  • Trouble staying focused on homework

  • Moves head back and forth while reading (instead of moving eyes)

  • Poor concentration

  • Misaligns letters or numbers

  • Avoidance of near work such as reading

  • Unusual posture

  • Whispers to self when reading

  • Difficulty copying from the board

  • Poor eye hand coordination

  • Loses place when reading or uses finger to keep place

  • Squinting, eye rubbing, or excessive blinking while reading and writing

  • Homework takes hours when it shouldn’t

  • Short attention span, quickly bored, day dreams, doesn’t pay attention

  • Becomes easily distracted

  • Low comprehension of written material

  • Can read but chooses not to

  • Light sensitivity after reading

  • Child is often labeled as “unmotivated”, “distractible” or “lazy”

  • Turning or tilting of head when reading

  • Fatigues easily after reading

  • Poor attention skills/ ADD or ADHD

Symptoms