What is Dyslexia?


    Dyslexic feels like your stuck in a room but just try to kick the door down and out cause dyslexic is just a word really just keep trying your best in class and you will be successful in the future.

    Alfie 12 years
  • What is Dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty (Spld) which affects the acquisition of fluent literacy skills.

    Dyslexia has many features, both positive and challenging. It occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. As we know from the achievements of our some of greatest thinkers and entrepreneurs, it can be a creative strength and a source of unique innovative thinking.

  • People with dyslexia can be highly intelligent.

    They are often gifted in areas such as computer science, art, design, maths, music and surprisingly even creative writing.
    Many of our great inventors, entrepreneurs and authors have overcome the challenging aspects of their dyslexia and used it to their advantage – Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Agatha Christie being but a few.
  • Some struggle to achieve

    Dyslexia is considered a learning difficulty because it often makes it hard for students to succeed academically in the classroom environment.

    The majority of children with dyslexia struggle to learn to read and write fluently without specialist multi-sensory teaching. Some will struggle to achieve, especially those whose difficulties are not identified early enough. 

  • Word blindness

    Since the first references to "word blindness" in the 1880s the definition of dyslexia has changed as our understanding of the under-lying causes has evolved.
    We now know that dyslexia is not about “seeing” words in the wrong way, it is a language-based learning disability which arises from slow processing skills – both phonological and visual, as well as poor working memory and slow word-retrieval skills.
  • Children who struggle will get left behind

    Literacy teaching in UK schools has vastly improved in the past decade, but children who process information slowly struggle to keep up with their peers in phonics lessons.

    As the gap between them and the other children around them widens, children with dyslexia feel as though they are failing. As a result, their confidence, self-esteem and sometimes their motivation take a battering. The longer a child’s needs go unattended, the more traumatic this can become.