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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.


What are the signs of dyslexia?


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:


  • read and write very slowly
  • confuse the order of letters in words
  • put letters the wrong way round – such as writing "b" instead of "d"
  • have poor or inconsistent spelling
  • understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that's written down
  • find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions
  • struggle with planning and organisation

However, people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.


Getting help


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. 


Support for people with dyslexia


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:


  • occasional one-to-one teaching or lessons in a small group with a specialist teacher
  • phonics – a special learning technique that focuses on improving the ability to identify and process the smaller sounds that make up words
  • technology, such as computers and speech recognition software, that may make it easier for your child to read and write 


Support groups


As well as national dyslexia charities, such as Dyslexia Action and the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), there are several local dyslexia associations (LDAs).


These are independently registered charities that run workshops and help to provide local support and access to information.


West Cumbria Dyslexia Association

General Enquiries: 07704 326 452.
Availability: Manned by volunteers: missed calls will be returned.

Area: West Cumbria includes Allerdale and Copeland