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What is Dyslexia?

There is no one accepted definition of dyslexia.  There is agreement, however, that dyslexia affects the development of reading, spelling and other language related skills. It is characterized by difficulties with working memory, processing speed and phonological awareness. In addition to weaknesses in literacy skills, people with dyslexia may have problems with mathematics, concentration, time management and personal organization, and sequencing.   Sometimes people find it difficult to pronounce words or they may frequently have that experience of words being on the 'tip of the tongue'. The British Dyslexia Association's definition of dyslexia and their useful information can be found here.

Some adults with dyslexia manage to sufficiently overcome literacy difficulties and it is true that many people with dyslexia are extremely successful.  They often, however, describe having to put more effort into completing  tasks than their colleagues at work, and they may find that they mis-read words, confuse dates and times, suddenly go blank when trying to spell a word which they spelt correctly half an hour ago etc. 

Finding out that you are dyslexic is a very positive step.  It helps you to understand why you have struggled in certain areas and may well explain low self-esteem.  It also helps you to plan a successful way forward. 

Assessments for Children

Child Assessment

As a parent it can be very difficult to know the right time to ask for an assessment of dyslexia.

The British Dyslexia Association says, “As soon as difficulties become apparent and particularly where a child is becoming distressed or showing behavioural problems intervention is always recommended.”

Our aim is therefore to pick up any difficulties early so that the barriers that are holding back progress can be identified and correctly focused support can be suggested. We also hope that an assessment can start to re-build self-esteem and foster a belief in their ability to succeed, in spite of any past disappointments.

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