Dyslexia is a hidden disability that affects 10% of the British Population. There are endless definitions of and facts about dyslexia. Here are three of them to note:
Even though dyslexia is classed as a learning difficulty there is no connection between dyslexia and a child’s intelligence. Children of all intellectual abilities, from low to high intelligence, can be affected by dyslexia.
This is where children struggle with things such as copying writing (for example, from the black board at school) or find they have to concentrate very hard on decoding words. This means a child can often lose the meaning of what he or she is reading. Children may find that words jump off pages as they read them and that words look very similar and confusing. Some children also struggle with reading number sequences.
This is when children may write slowly and their work can often be messy or when children feel clumsy completing physical activities. This is especially true when using fine motor skills such as painting. Some dyslexic children also find it difficult to break things down into small steps when planning an activity or playing a game or that when they try to say words, the words can come out the wrong way.
This is the most common difficulty children with dyslexia face. This relates to making links between letters and sounds. Dyslexic children often cannot easily hear some sounds in words and may have some subtle speech related problems with words. Children find that their memory for words is not so good and they sometimes struggle with learning new things by heart or learning new words (for example, the days of the week or times tables).
Attributed to Mark Twain
There are many sources of advice and help online. One of the best websites is the Dyslexic Association.
This is a really informative and easy-to-read website that can tell you all the facts about dyslexia, as well as how to help people with dyslexia achieve their full potential. The British Dyslexia Association recognises the barriers dyslexic people have to overcome and works to remove these barriers enabling ALL dyslexic people to achieve their potential.
As well as informing you all about dyslexia and the challenges it presents, this website also gives parents advice for helping with homework, private tutoring, schools and activities.