What is dyslexia?
The British Dyslexia Association tell us that:
- The word ‘dyslexia’ comes from the Greek and means ‘difficulty with words’.
- It is a life long, usually genetic, inherited condition and affects around 10% of the population.
- Dyslexia occurs in people of all races, backgrounds and abilities, and varies from person to person: no two people will have the same set of strengths and weaknesses.
- Dyslexia occurs independently of intelligence.
- Dyslexia is really about information processing: dyslexic people may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear. This can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills.
- Dyslexia is one of a family of Specific Learning Difficulties. It often co-occurs with related conditions, such as dyspraxia, dyscalculia and attention deficit disorder.
- On the plus side, dyslexic people often have strong visual, creative and problem solving skills and are prominent among entrepreneurs, inventors, architects, engineers and in the arts and entertainment world. Many famous and successful people are dyslexic.
- Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) is a specific learning disorder that is characterised by difficulties in learning basic arithmetic facts, processing numerical magnitude and performing accurate and fluent calculations. These difficulties must be quantifiably below what is expected for an individual’s chronological age, and must not be caused by poor educational. Maths anxiety can also be a very large influence on performance
If you think you or someone you know might have dyslexia or dyscalculia/maths anxiety it really helps to get a diagnosis – find out about how I can help on the Get help page.