What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in:

       

       - phonological awareness,

       - verbal memory 

       - verbal processing speed

Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points.

Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia.

 

A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well-founded intervention.

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Am I Dyslexic?

 

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) provides some useful information on indicators for possible dyslexia at different stages.

 

Click on the links below to find out more:

Early indicators of dyslexia in young children

Dyslexia in primary age children

Dyslexia at secondary school

Dyslexia in adults

If you feel this applies to you or your child, then please get in touch.

Further Reading

Here are some useful resources if you want further information on dyslexia:

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/advice/children ​

https://www.nessy.com/uk/parents/dyslexia-information/ 

http://www.thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk/4/resources/284/how-can-i-help-my-child-at-home/ ​

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/neurodiversity-and-co-occurring-differences

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