What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and is lifelong in its effects.

The word 'dyslexia' comes from the Greek and means 'difficulty with words'. Dyslexia is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual's other cognitive abilities.

Dyslexia tends to be resistant to conventional teaching methods, but its effects can be mitigated by appropriately specific intervention, including the application of information technology and supportive counselling.

Where can I get more information?

The British Dyslexia Association
Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
RG12 7BW
Tel: 0845 251 9002
Website: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Some local dyslexia associations (LDAs) have helplines. Visit http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/membership/directories/lda-directory.html for more details.

Reproduced by kind permission of the British Dyslexia Association