Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.
It’s a specific learning difficulty, which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing.
Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn’t affected.
It’s estimated up to 1 in every 10 people has some degree of dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a lifelong problem that can present challenges on a daily basis, but support is available to improve reading and writing skills and help those with the problem to be successful at school and work.
Signs of dyslexia usually become apparent when a child starts school and begins to focus more on learning how to read and write.
A person with dyslexia may:
- read and write very slowly
- confuse the order of letters in words
- put letters the wrong way round (such as writing “b” instead of “d”)
- have poor or inconsistent spelling
- understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that’s written down
- find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions
- struggle with planning and organization
But people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem-solving.
If there are still concerns about your child’s progress after they have received additional teaching and support, it may be a good idea to have a more in-depth assessment.
This can be carried out by an educational qualified specialist dyslexia teacher.
They’ll be able to support you, your child and your child’s teachers by helping improve the understanding of your child’s learning difficulties and suggesting interventions that may help them.