For Parents

Does your toddler really like letters and words?

Alphabet soup

If you answered 'yes' then you have come to the right place

This is a site with information, ideas and practical advice for children who naturally teach themselves to read. This can be the alphabet, numbers and words from as young as 2 years old. You may be a parent whose child can say the alphabet, can read number plates of cars and the names on food packets in the shop. Your child may read without understanding what they read. This trait is termed ‘hyperlexia’

“My 2 year old son loved the alphabet and amazed us by saying it backwards. At first he only played with alphabet blocks. Later he liked to read children’s books but he didn’t understand the meaning of the words. He didn’t have any other speech or respond to his name. We encouraged his love of letters with alphabet songs, duvet, ABC books and puzzles. Everything had a number or letter! At age 3 he was diagnosed with autism. He is now older and his interests have developed into other areas. Looking back, his early love of letters seemed to help him communicate and it also bought him a lot of joy.” Parents of a boy with hyperlexia.

Parent of a 7 year old boy

Would you like to find out more?

You can find more information that may be of help for you and your child on the following posts:

  • Help with Comprehension – Some hyperlexic children have particular difficulties with understanding language. As a parent, teacher or professional there are several simple ways that you can help. 

  • Books, articles and other links – There isn’t a huge amount of information out there on hyperlexia. We’ve collected the main links and books available.

  • Characteristics of a hyperlexic child – We have put together a summary of anecdotal characteristics which you may recognise in your child. These are not ‘facts’ but are possible things in common.

  • What does the research tell us? – There are two recent analysis of the research into this area. Unfortunately most of the studies have been small and observational. 


Date created: 1/4/2021     Date reviewed: 1/5/2022


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