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Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty but unlike a learning disability intelligence isn’t affected.

Dyslexia is a lifelong problem that can be challenging daily.

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which primarily affects reading and writing skills. However, it does not only affect these skills. Dyslexia is actually about information processing. Dyslexic people may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear, which can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills. Dyslexia can also impact other areas such as organisational skills.

It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and visual and creative fields.

What is Dyslexia

Dyslexia can look like:
  • Reading and writing slower

  • Seeing letters and numbers in the wrong order

  • Writing letters, the wrong way round or repeating the same words in a sentence.

  • Structuring of paragraphs

  • Sense of direction can be challenging

  • Struggle with planning and organisation

  • Memory can be poor

  • Read a page and forget what you’ve read by the time you get to the bottom

  • Poor handwriting

  • Poor phonological awareness

  • Difficulties revising and taking notes.

  • Struggling to remember phone numbers

  • Short concentrating span

  • Burnouts

  • Unusual pronunciation of words

  • Getting lost or forgetting what you are saying

  • Poor timekeeping

  • Poor motor skills

  • Confused by left and rights

  • Avoidance

Things that can help:
  • Help the child to understand why their brain works in that way

  • Relate your child’s learning to interests and hobbies

  • Use vital apps to help learn new things

  • Use an area that they know well like their house, to place things in each room that they need to remember. Can help with memory.

  • Using apps like Grammarly and spelling pronunciation when having to write.

  • Using coloured overlays or coloured glasses

  • Audio books

  • Using a Dictaphone

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