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What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a term used to describe those who have difficulty in learning to read and interpret letters. Another word for dyslexia is word blindness.

Some children with dyslexia read slowly and read by spelling the words out loud. Others read faster but make a lot of mistakes because they are guessing. They make spelling mistakes, write slowly, very messily or illegibly and with many crossing outs.

The most recognizable symptoms are:

  • Problems with reading.
  • Problems with writing.
  • Problems with spelling.
  • Difficulty with abstract concepts.
  • Difficulty with time.
  • Difficulty with (word)order.
  • Extremely tidy or messy.
  • Difficulty with left and right.

But dyslexia is often more than this. It is a living, learning AND reading problem.

Dyslexia is hereditary, especially in the male line. Research has shown that dyslexia is almost twice as common among boys as girls.

Dyslexia is difficult to diagnose because although the problems are broadly the same, people develop their own specific coping strategies. Even in just one family you can see varying symptoms highlighting how difficult it is to diagnose. Dyslexia is like a fingerprint, uniquely personal.

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