About Dyslexia
So what do we know about dyslexia?
Current research offers different hypothesis of why some children struggle to become literate but we have to remember Dyslexia need not be a barrier to learning.
Dyslexia occurs across a range of intellectual abilities.
The Jim Rose Review (2009) gave a definition for dyslexia:
‘Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling’.
It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, with no clear cut off point’.
‘Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia’.
There is an overlapping nature of specific learning difficulties which can include:
  • Dyslexia.
  • ADHD.
  • ADD.
  • Dyscalculia.
  • Dysgraphia.
  • DCD.
  • ASD.
With the overlapping nature of dyslexia-type difficulties you may notice:
  • Poor working memory.
  • Poor/ slow handwriting skills.
  • Slow processing skills including articulation.
  • Slow development of speech and language skills.
  • Difficulty in sequencing and the concept of time.
So what should you do if you are worrying about your child?
Speak to the class teacher and Senco.
The school should investigate or Contact me at www.raiseareader.co.uk
  • I had known Chris for many years and Chris was aware that my youngest son, Isaac, was dyslexic. At the age of 11, and moving into senior school, Isaac had reading age of 7 and a mathematical ability of a 13 year old, which I understand to be not an uncommon finding in males with dyslexia.

  • The education system had been frankly poor in their response to Isaac’s needs, and in the whole time Isaac was at school did nothing to effectively help him. I had arranged private tutoring for Isaac previously, but Isaac hadn’t really gelled with the tutor.

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