Dyslexia

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Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty, which affects the way a person processes information in their brain.  For instance, it can affect the ability to process the sounds of language (phonological skills), track a series of numbers (visual processing skills), and generally process information quickly and accurately (working memory).  As a result, Dyslexia hinders the acquisition of adequate literacy skills, such as reading, writing and spelling.

If you think there is a chance you, a family member or a friend might have dyslexia:

1) Complete the Dyslexia Screening Test. This checklist will help give you an idea of whether or not you need to seek further advice.  Please note that this provides an indication if you have dyslexic tendencies, it is not an official diagnosis. 

2) Below is a list of common characteristics shown by individuals with dyslexia.  Remember, each individual with dyslexia will show a different combination of characteristics with differing degrees of severity.  This will also give you an idea of whether or not you need to seek further advice.

Strengths:

  • Innovative;
  • Ideas orientated;
  • Bigger Picture thinking;
  • Creativity;
  • Artistic;
  • Good visual skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Skilled at multidimensional thinking.

Development Areas:

  • Reading, including speed and accuracy;
  • Re-reading information frequently to understand the context and meaning;
  • Sequencing words or ideas;
  • Spelling;
  • Note taking;
  • Retaining multiple instructions;
  • Organisational skills, including time management;
  • Concentrating and easily distracted by background noise.

It is estimated that:

  • 1 in 10 people have dyslexia in the UK; 1 in 4 have it severely.
  • In a study it showed 35% of US entrepreneurs have dyslexia.

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