What is Dyslexia?

Did you know that Dyslexia (also called a Specific Learning Difficulty or SpLD)

  • affects about 1 in 10 people?
  • occurs in all groups regardless of age, gender, race or income?
  • can cause difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, organisation and short term memory?
  • cannot be ‘cured’ but coping strategies can be taught?
  • can run in families?
  • can produce talents such as creative arts, computing, science and engineering?

Recognising Dyslexia

Dyslexics rarely show all the telltale signs.  Some common ones are:


  • late to talk
  • difficulty learning nursery rhymes
  • enjoys stories but little interest in words or letters
  • co-ordination difficulties e.g. getting dressed

Primary school age

  • seems bright but does less well than expected
  • difficulties with reading, writing and spelling
  • reverses written letters and/or numbers
  • difficulty recalling sequences such as instructions, days of week, times tables
  • appears inattentive/careless
  • poor self-image

Secondary school age

  • still reads slowly and/or inaccurately
  • problems with spelling, hand writing, copying from the board
  • patchy performance – ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days
  • confuses dates/places/times
  • may have areas of strength e.g. maths, art, sport, music


  • difficulties filling in forms, writing cheques
  • mistakes made dialling phone numbers and recalling PIN numbers
  • dates and times mixed up
  • difficulty following detailed instruction

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