Overview of Dyslexia
Many people are perplexed and worried about the possible implications
of being diagnosed with dyslexia.
Here are some answers to some of the most common concerns.
What causes dyslexia?
Characteristically dyslexia will include problems in such areas as phonological awareness, speed of processing, memory weaknesses, sequencing, auditory and visual perception, fine or gross motor skills. It is a congenital and developmental disorder (developmental dyslexia) caused by neurological anomalies in the brain. It is still not fully understood, but research indicates that it can have a genetic component (somewhat more prevalent along the male line); sometimes birth trauma may also be a factor. It can also be acquired through brain injury or illness (‘acquired dyslexia’).
Can dyslexia be cured?
It cannot be cured but over time, many individuals can be taught and may develop their own strategies to compensate and deal with their condition. Indeed, many may have compensatory strengths (with good visual, spatial and lateral thinking abilities) that can outweigh their weaknesses; think Albert Einstein, Richard Branson or Leonardo da Vinci.
Low self esteem
The impact of dyslexia can be extensive: an inability to read accurately and fluently along with other difficulties, will from an early age begin to damage a child’s self esteem. However, with the right support and effective learning strategies, children can be helped to overcome their difficulties.
Does dyslexia stop people from realising their potential?
No. What they need is to be identified as dyslexic to enable them to be effectively taught using multi-sensory methods that will provide them with learning strategies appropriate to their needs. In the longer term, this will enable them to realise their potential in any variety of different fields.
Why should I have my child assessed?
As mentioned above, dyslexic people can be helped to deal with their condition only when it has been recognised. An assessment can assist parents who are concerned about their child’s progress to help them plan and organise for the future. It will pinpoint the child’s strengths and weaknesses and provide a way forward. A welcome relief from ‘not knowing’, it will open the way to accessing suitable support and intervention. Read more about what an assessment entails.
Get In Touch
For dyslexia support covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, Powys and West Midlands, please phone: 01547 540 606