What is Dyslexia?

Developmental dyslexia is a specific difficulty with learning to read, spell or write (or any combination of these) in someone whose oral and non-verbal intelligence is at least average, health is normal and receives adequate teaching. It is usually due to inherited differences in the parts of the brain which process vision and language. Acquired dyslexia is due to damage to these areas from trauma, strokes or tumours.

People with dyslexia have their own individual profiles of strengths and weaknesses; no two individuals are the same and the impact of dyslexia on each is different. 

Below we address some of the more frequently asked questions about dyslexia. To learn more about common features of dyslexia and what signs to look for in your child, please visit our Help and Advice page.

Did you know that around 2 million people in the UK have a learning disability like dyslexia? 

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