Dyslexia literally means “difficulty with words”. It is best described as a mixture of abilities and difficulties which can affect the learning process in one or more of reading, writing, and sometimes numeracy/language. Processing information is always difficult.
There may also be difficulty with speed of reading, understanding information, short term memory, sequencing. auditory and/or visual skills, spoken language and motor skills.
It is now widely accepted that some children, irrespective of social or educational background have a specific developmental disorder which makes it difficult to acquire these basic skills.
There will be a surprising difference between achievement and abilities. This prevents school work reflecting true ability and knowledge.
Some children will have outstanding creative skills. Other have strong oral skills. While others have no outstanding talents they all have strengths.
The British Dyslexia Association estimates that 10% of the population are affected to some degree by dyslexia, 4% of them severely. Dyslexia is often inherited.
‘With the right help dyslexic children can do very well at school. They need to learn strategies to help their learning style and, with enough determination and support can achieve almost anything.’
Dyslexic adults can learn strategies to help with jobs and everyday life. It is never too late to ask for help.