Dyslexia is generally perceived simply as a learning difficulty that negatively impacts on the skills necessary to read and spell accurately and confidently. However there is so much more involved. Dyslexic people are creative and critical thinkers and approach challenges in diverse and lateral ways. They have been responsible for a great many of the world’s most significant inventions and ideas and art.
The English language however, is incredibly intricate, permeated with highly complex rules, irregular words and odd sounding syllables which makes the process of learning to read and write very challenging indeed, particularly for dyslexic individuals. To confound this, the modern day curriculum does not facilitate dyslexic thinking and without adequate support, those with dyslexia can get left behind with their reading, writing, maths and self organising and loose confidence in their abilities.
Symptoms of dyslexia include:
- Difficulty with reading and writing including rhyming, understanding letters and sounds and spelling.
- Short term memory problems, for instance difficulty remembering instructions.
- Difficulty with counting, mental arithmetic and remembering multiplication tables.
- Trouble dealing with remembering and doing homework and copying from a board.
- Generally falling behind peers with educational performance.
Special attention should be paid to any of the above if there is a family history of learning difficulties.