• FAQs

  • What is dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is commonly explained by describing the problems a child is experiencing. If the child is underachieving at school, we begin to wonder if he or she is dyslexic. However, describing dyslexia as poor reading and writing is a bit like saying measles is a lot of spots. Measles is a virus which results in spots. Dyslexia is a neurological condition, which results in a different way of learning. Dyslexics have difficulty responding to traditional teaching methods. They cannot learn the way most children learn. The result is underachievement.


    Will the school be able to tell me if my child is dyslexic?

    The discussions around dyslexia normally take place between the parents and the school. It is important to be aware that an accurate diagnosis can only be carried out by a professional specifically qualified to do the job. This may be an Educational Psychologist, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, or someone with a nationally accredited qualification in dyslexia assessment (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association – AMBDA). You can find a list of suitably qualified tutors and assessors on the PATOSS web-site. You can also contact DYSLEXIA ACTION for advice and support.


    Will my child be able to learn?

    Every child is entitled access to a broad and balanced curriculum at the same level as their peers. Curriculum subjects are taught in a way that dyslexics can access the curriculum. The delivery should take different learning styles into account. Therefore, it is very important to have an accurate analysis of the child’s learning potential, performance, and style. Schools vary in the way they view dyslexia and how they deal with it. If you know your child is dyslexic, it is important to find out about the level of SEN provision in your area (referred to as SEND). You can do this by looking up the ‘local offer’. Each local authority is required to publish its own local offer, which set out all the services available to support children. Some schools publish their own, or set out levels of SEN support in their school prospectus. If you want more information, go to www.thelocaloffer.co.uk


    Are there more dyslexic boys than girls?

    The ratio of boys to girls identified with dyslexia is 4:1. However, girls generally cope differently with having dyslexia. When they are young they tend to be more resourceful and independent. Problems with the curriculum may appear at a later stage, so it is important to be aware that girls can be dyslexic.


    Why does my dyslexic child have difficulty concentrating?

    ‘Lazy’ is a term I often hear to describe the way dyslexics behave. People with dyslexia engage differently with the world. Something grabs their imagination, and they appear to be day-dreaming. In fact, they are just turning ideas over in their imagination. This process quite frequently takes their mind off task. Young dyslexics develop the strategy of looking around for good role models – those children in the class who always seem to know where to go and what to do. If they can copy someone, then they are not going to get into trouble. This survival behaviour usually continues until the child feels secure with routines and expectations. Independent behaviour is the result of feeling confident about what you are doing.


    How early can my child be identified as dyslexic?

    Children can display some of the behavioural characteristics of dyslexia at a very young age. Early indicators for dyslexia can sometimes be overlooked because we associate them with the behaviour of all young children – short concentration, difficulty following instructions, poor speech, untidy writing. It is important to voice your concerns as soon as possible.


    Does dyslexia run in families?

    Dyslexia is now widely acknowledged as showing genetic links. One interesting way of following the line of dyslexia is to look at professions – family members who are good at using their hands, are very creative or articulate. These are positive traits which are clues to being dyslexic. There is also a condition known as acquired dyslexia. If an individual has been involved in an accident or had an illness which affects the way certain areas of the brain function, the symptoms may be described as dyslexia.


    Will my dyslexic child be able to have a good future?

    Having worked for many years with dyslexic pupils, I now have a vast store of success stories to give any despairing parent hope for the future. There are many positive aspects to dyslexia. If children can achieve their potential, the range of skills they can offer in the workplace are invaluable. It is important that they receive a structured learning programme delivered by a professional qualified to support children with dyslexia.



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