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What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a complex, cognitive problem relating to the acquisition of reading, spelling and writing skills. In other words, it is an individual difference in learning style which leads to an inordinate difficulty in the acquisition of written language. Frequently, arithmetic and some aspects of the spoken language are also affected.

Dyslexia affects some 4% of the child population in a ratio of four boys to one girl. The dyslexic child clearly comes under the special educational need category in relation to the 1981 and 1993 Education Acts. We have produced a booklet, "Dyslexia and your Child" which gives further information to concerned parents.

Facing up to Dyslexia

The problems faced by parents with a dyslexic child are often heightened by the totally incorrect view that dyslexic learning difficulties stem from a mental or physical handicap, low intelligence, brain defect, poor hearing and vision, or primary emotional problems. These misconceptions can still persist despite extensive national publicity to enlighten people as to the real difficulties that dyslexic children have. Their difficulties are independent of the child's intelligence or potential and contrast with the dyslexic child's ease of expression in other areas of intellectual skills, such as Science, Art and Computing.

Dyslexia will not go away. As your child gets older, so the gap between age and achievement will widen unless the right help is given.

Overcoming Dyslexia

If the right help is given, there is no reason why the dyslexic child should not be able to fulfil his or her own educational potential and read and write fluently.

Inappropriate help, however well meaning, can be harmful to the dyslexic child. No amount of extra work, threats or punishment will replace the appropriate, specialised assistance vital to resolving the dyslexic child's learning difficulties.

The key to unlocking the talents of dyslexic children lies in giving them immediate, structured and appropriate help.

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