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.