There are many definitions of dyslexia. A very simple one would be that dyslexia is one of the family of specific learning difficulties which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly. Some of the key considerations within dyslexia are;

  • Many people who have dyslexia have strong visual, creative and problem solving skills

  • Dyslexia is not linked to intelligence but can make learning difficult

  • Dyslexia is a life-long condition which has a substantial effect on an individual's day to day activities

  • Dyslexia varies from person to person and no two people will have the same set of strengths and weaknesses

  • It often co-occurs with related conditions such as dyspraxia, dyscalculia and attention deficit disorder

  • Dyslexic individuals often have difficulty processing and remembering information, particularly .......... 

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 show various issues and they do differ from a pre-school child, primary, secondary and adults. As an overview these would be the main signs;

  • 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 organisation


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But people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving