As an author, it’s a challenge being dyslexic. Infact, were it not for the advent of computers, I would probably have never been able to fulfil my dream of writing.
As a child, I struggled in school with reading and writing, often feeling stupid compared to the other kids. I was quiet and withdrawn, and it wasn’t until my adult years that I found myself.
However, if you or someone you know has dyslexia, there is plenty of help and support.
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.
It’s a “specific learning difficulty”, which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn’t affected.
Dyslexia is lifelong problem that can present challenges on a daily basis, but support is available to improve reading and writing skills and help those with the problem be successful at school and work.
What are the signs of dyslexia?
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:
- 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
However, people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.
Read more about the symptoms of dyslexia.
If you think your child may have dyslexia, the first step is to speak to their teacher or their school’s special needs coordinator (SENCO) about your concerns. They may be able to offer additional support to help your child if necessary.
If your child continues to have problems despite extra support, you or the school may want to consider requesting a more in-depth assessment from a specialist dyslexia teacher or an educational psychologist.
This can be arranged through the school, or you can request a private assessment by contacting:
- an educational psychologist directly – you can find a directory of chartered psychologists on the British Psychological Society’s website
- a voluntary organisation that can arrange an assessment, such as a local dyslexia association
I hope this helps – M H Lord.