What is Hyperlexia?
“A precocious, self-taught ability to read words which appears before age 5, and/or an intense fascination with letters, numbers, logos…[accompanied by] significant difficulty in understanding and developing oral language.” (Hyperlexia Pamphlet, judyanddavid.com)
Hyperlexia has many characteristics similar to autism and some consider it to be an autism spectrum disorder. Because of its close association with autism, hyperlexia is often misdiagnosed. (autismkey.com)
The key signs of hyperlexia are:
- The precocious, self-taught ability to read words well above their age level, which appears before age 5.