Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty thatcan cause problems with reading, writingandspelling.
It's a "specific learning difficulty", which means it causes problems with certain abilitiesused forlearning, such as reading and writing. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn't affected.
It's estimated that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia.
Dyslexia islifelong problem that can present challenges on adaily basis, butsupport is available to improve reading and writing skills and help those with the problembe successfulat schooland work.
Signs of dyslexia usually become apparentwhen a child starts school and begins to focus more on learning how to read and write.
A person with dyslexia may:
However,people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.
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 amore 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 assessmentby contacting:
Adults who wish to be assessed for dyslexia should contact a local or national dyslexia association (see below) for advice.
Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to the workplace to help people with dyslexia, such as allowing extra time for certain tasks.
You canfind your local LDA on the BDA website.
Read about dyslexia, a common type of learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.
The signs and symptoms of dyslexia differ from person to person. Each individual with the condition will have a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses.
Read about how you can get a dyslexia assessment for you or your child, and find out what the process involves.