What is Dyslexia?
Getting an Assessment
Resources & Links
Dyslexia Friendly Schools
Technology, Tools & Software
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Positively Different 2014
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Positively Different 2012
Cook and Share
Positively Puppets 2015
Characteristics of Dyslexia
People with dyslexia can be affected in the following ways, though it should be noted that not all of them will have all these traits:
Difficulties with linking sounds to letters
Difficulties with working out what words say through 'sounding out' letters and 'blending' sounds
Difficulties with finding the 'right words' when speaking
Difficulties in remembering information given verbally
Slowness in taking on board information and instructions
Other difficulties may include:
Difficulties in copying work from the board
Difficulties with spelling
Difficulties with expressing knowledge and ideas in writing
Writing very slowly
Difficulties in remembering what has been read
Difficulties with personal organisation
Difficulties with attention
Tiredness and fatigue after reading and writing
Visual stress (this is sometimes referred to as Irlen Syndrome and around half of people with dyslexia may experience this -
see examples of this here
Dyslexia is also associated with many strengths, talents and giftedness, including:
Creativity (e.g. good at storytelling, designing, composing)
Thinking 'outside the box'
Ability to think of things in '3D'
Being able to see and understand the 'bigger picture'
Problem solving skills
British Dyslexia Association -
Dyslexia research information
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