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Reading symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Reading symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed the problems with reading ability?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What particular problems with reading ability are you experiencing?

    Why: e.g. difficulty focusing for reading, poor ability to understand the written word.

  3. What is the age of the person experiencing reading difficulty?

    Why: e.g. if the person is a child, may represent a learning difficulty or dyslexia; if elderly may represent Alzheimer's disease, presbyopia, stroke, brain hemorrhage or brain tumor.

  4. If person is a child, what are the details of the pregnancy, birth and new born?

    Why: may detect prenatal infections, prenatal drugs and toxins, birth trauma, neonatal infection as a possible cause of learning difficulties and problems with reading ability.

  5. What age was your baby when they reached certain milestones?

    Why: e.g. smiling, able to remain in sitting position unsupported, crawled, walked.

  6. Extent of vocabulary?

    Why: assesses expressive language.

  7. Is there consistent use of the same sounds for the same object or person?
  8. How many words can the child understand?

    Why: assesses receptive language. Receptive language is usually well in advance of expressive language.

  9. Are you concerned about your child's ability to hear?

    Why: the parent is usually the first to suspect a hearing problem.

  10. Environmental factors?

    Why: Many factors in the child's environment may contribute significantly to their ability to learn and consequent school problems. Determine if home environment is appropriately stimulating to enable good language development and presents opportunities for a wide variety of play experience.

  11. Socioeconomic circumstances?

    Why: Children from deprived socioeconomic circumstances are at risk of learning difficulties and school problems (due to family disruptions, suboptimal medical care and nutrition, lack of early stimulation, low parental education and expectations).

  12. Emotional issues either in the child or family that may be contributing to learning difficulties and problems with reading?
  13. Family history of learning difficulties and school problems?

    Why: In some children there does seem to be an inherited basis for their learning difficulties and problems with reading.

  14. History of head injury?
  15. Risk factors for stroke?

    Why: e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history - can assess risk of stroke as the cause of reading problems.

  16. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. recurrent ear infections may result in hearing problems and speech delay which may also affect the reading ability; prolonged hospitalization may cause transient learning difficulties; Children with any form of chronic disease may have learning difficulties and school problems (due to multiple factors including the illness itself, side effects from medications, frequent absences from school or reduced self confidence due their perception as being different.

  17. Alcohol or Illicit drug use history in mother during pregnancy?
  18. History of illicit drug use?

    Why: e.g. chronic marijuana or cannabis use can interfere with cognitive, concentration and memory processes to limit learning.

  19. Impulsive behavior, inattentiveness and hyperactivity?

    Why: may suggest attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  20. Poor social interaction and language delay in the child?

    Why: e.g. poor eye contact, aloneness, difficulties relating to peers - may suggest autism as cause of learning and reading difficulty.

  21. Hearing problems?

    Why: Increasingly it is being recognised that children with subtle hearing problems are at a major risk of learning difficulties and school dysfunction. These children may develop subtle language and academic problems, as well as problems with attention and behavior.

  22. Vision problems?

    Why: Children with any form of visual problems which affect visual acuity or eye movements will be at risk of learning difficulties including difficulty with reading. Adults who develop visual problems which are not corrected will inevitably have problems with reading.

  23. Distortion of vision in adult?

    Why: e.g. seeing objects smaller or larger than actual - suggests macula degeneration.

  24. Colored haloes around lights?

    Why: suggests glaucoma, cataracts.

  25. Symptoms of dyslexia?

    Why: e.g. child begins talking late; adds new words slowly and has difficulty rhyming; inability to recognise words and letters on a printed page; a reading ability well below the expected level for age of the child; problems processing and understanding what they hear; may have difficulty comprehending rapid instructions, following more than one command at a time or remembering a sequence of things; reversal of letters (b for d) and reversal of words (saw for was) persisting after the age of 6.

  26. Symptoms of dementia?

    Why: e.g. impaired memory, impaired judgement and thinking, impaired verbal fluency and impaired ability to perform complex tasks. Personality may change, impulse control may be lost and personal care deteriorates. People with dementia may also have psychiatric symptoms such as delusions, paranoid ideas, hallucinations, mood disturbance and behavioral disturbance.

  27. Symptoms of stroke?

    Why: e.g. limb weakness or paralysis, facial muscle weakness or paralysis, difficulty with speech and swallow. If the stroke affects a particular area in the brain may also get difficulty with understanding the spoken and written word.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Reading symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Reading symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Reading symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Reading symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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