Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which causes issues with reading, writing and spelling. Although dyslexia may present daily challenges for the lifetime of the individual, support is available to minimise these.
A lot of this support can be found in schools and at workplaces.
The signs of dyslexia include:
- Reading and writing slowly
- Poor spelling
- Confusing the spelling of words
- Letters may be written the wrong way round e.g. ‘b’ not ‘d’
- Difficulty following written information as opposed to when the same information is given verbally
- Likewise, struggle planning and organising.
- Difficult to follow a sequence of directions.
It’s worth remembering that dyslexia does not affect intelligence.
As dyslexia is often diagnosed during school years, if you are concerned about whether your child may be dyslexic there are some people you could approach.
- The special or additional needs coordinator at school
- An Educational Psychologist
- A local dyslexia organisation
If you are found to be dyslexic, don’t panic – normally there is no reason why you won’t be able to go to the same school as your friends. Often, the things which are put in place include:
- Teaching support – perhaps through one-to-one or small groups support
- Technology – to make reading and writing easier
- Specialist learning techniques
Technology can also be used by employers in the workplace to help adults who are also dyslexic.
Likewise, extra time for tasks may be allowed by employers and school’s for exams.
The cause is not truly known, although it is thought to lie in the genes, somehow.
Remember – local dyslexia groups can help talk through your concerns too!