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.
It's estimated that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia.
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.
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:
However, people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.
If you think your child may have dyslexia, the first step is to speak to their teacher or Mrs Figes 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. Contact Mrs Figes if you have concerns.
If your child has dyslexia, they'll probably have an IEP ( Individual Education Plan) and will have adaptations made to help them in school.
Techniques and support that may help your child include:
These are independently registered charities that run workshops and help to provide local support and access to information.