What does it mean?
Dyslexia literally means "difficulty with words". It affects one in ten of us, some more than others, and famous dyslexics include Jamie Oliver and Richard Branson.
If we have dyslexia:
- We often have difficulty with reading, writing and spelling. It takes us longer to do these things and we have to work harder than others.
- Working with numbers, directions and short-term memory may also be affected.
- We may be better at talking than we are at writing.
- We learn best by being "hands on" and trying things out.
- We are often very good at other stuff like art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.
- We may get fed up at school as we often fall behind in some subjects, or get told we're not trying.
Being dyslexic doesn't mean you're thick. In fact, you may score very highly on IQ tests - it has nothing to do with intelligence. Dyslexia often runs in families.
How do I know if I have dyslexia?
If you think you have dyslexia, speak to your teacher. Every school should have a special needs coordinator who could test you for dyslexia, or arrange an educational specialist to do this. If the school are not able to do this or the wait is too long then speak to us as we can help with an immediate appointment.
How is dyslexia treated?
If you have dyslexia, you should get educational support. This support aims to help overcome the problems dyslexia brings, for example to improve your reading speed.
We offer a range of educational assessment to diagnose specific learning difficulties and to make recommendations on how best to support you.