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 memory
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)