Find out more about Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia primarily affects the ability to learn to read and spell, and sometimes maths is affected too. It comes from a difficulty in dealing with the sounds of words, which makes it especially hard to learn to read words using phonics (sounding out the letters in a word). People with dyslexia often find it hard to remember lists of things they have heard or to remember a name or a fact quickly, although they often have individual strengths in reasoning, visual and creative fields.

Here are some of the indicators of Dyslexia but as a parent, it is worth going by your instinct as well. You will often know if something ‘doesn’t add up.’ If you are still worried then contact us for help and advice.   

There are a number of indicators of dyslexia in a child:

  • Seems bright in some ways but unexpectedly struggles in others

  • Other members of the family have similar difficulties

  • Has difficulties carrying out a sequence of instructions or learning sequences of information, such as the alphabet or times tables.

  • Is a slow reader or makes unexpected errors when reading aloud

  • Often reads a word, then fails to recognise it further down the page

  • Struggles  to remember

  • Puts letters and numbers the wrong way: for example, 15 for 51, b for d or “was” for “saw”

  • Spells a word several different ways

  • Appears to have poor concentration

  • Struggles with mental arithmetic or learning times tables

  • Seems to struggle with maths and/or understanding the terminology in maths: for example, knowing when to add, subtract or multiply

  • Confuses left and right

  • Can answer questions orally but has difficulties writing the answer down

  • Struggles with phonics and learning the letter to sound rules

  • Seems to get frustrated or suffers unduly with stress and/or low self-esteem

  • Struggles to copy information down when reading from the board

  • Needs an unexpected amount of support with homework and struggles to get it done on time

  • Is excessively tired after a day at school..

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Characteristics in adults

  • Difficulties taking notes

  • Difficulties planning and writing essays, letters or reports

  • Difficulties reading and understanding new terminology

  • Quality of work is erratic

  • Difficulties revising for examinations

  • Struggles to communicate knowledge and understanding in exams

  • Feels that the effort put in does not reflect performance or results

  • Struggles to remember things such as a personal PIN or telephone number

  • Struggles to meet deadlines

  • Struggles with personal organisation (finances/household, forgets appointments)

It is important to remember dyslexia is not related to general intelligence and is not the same for everyone. It can be mild or severe, and it varies depending on other strengths, or difficulties the person may have. More importantly, it varies depending on the kind of support and encouragement from friends, family, teachers and colleagues. 10% of the population are thought to be affected!

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