Dyslexia is the most common learning difference, possibly affecting up to 1 in 5 people. It is a genetic condition that comes with a range of strengths and challenges, affecting each individual differently. For some, reading may be hard to crack. Others may learn to read well initially, but struggle to spell accurately. Understanding instructions, remembering what is said and being able to organise themselves or their ideas may be where difficulties are highlighted for others. Watch a video explaining dyslexia here.
Dyslexic strengths include creativity, communication, problem solving, big-picture, abstract thinking, high levels of empathy and observation, making links, strong spatial reasoning and 3-D thinking, imaginative and analytical skills. Some people with dyslexia excel in fields like engineering, industrial and graphic design, architecture, or construction. Others apply their skillset well to performing, teaching, politics, writing or becoming an entrepreneur. Watch a video about the strengths of dyslexia here.
For more information about dyslexia, see the links below:
Please speak to your class teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child and their progress.
Click on the links below to find the BDA’s short guides to supporting a child with dyslexia in different aspects of their learning: