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What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a hidden (not visible) disability that mainly affects the development of literacy skills such as reading, writing and spelling.

Short-term memory, mathematical ability, concentration levels, personal organisation and the ability to put things in sequence may also be affected.

Whom does it affect and how?

  • In the UK, approximately 10% of the population is affected, to varying degrees, 4% have severe dyslexia.
  • It often runs in families.
  • It can result in low self-esteem, lack of confidence and behavioural difficulties.
  • Some people with dyslexia show strengths in creative abilities, problem solving and visual and technical skills.

With appropriate support, dyslexia need not be a barrier to success.

What should you look out for?

 

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