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dyslexia in children

Dyslexia is a very common learning difficulty that makes spelling, reading and writing really tricky. If your child is having trouble with words, our guide to dyslexia should help you to understand a bit better.

dyslexia in children

what does a dyslexia diagnosis mean for my child?

Well, it's certainly not a barrier to success. Steven Spielberg, Jamie Oliver and Richard Branson are all dyslexic, and they've done pretty well for themselves. It just means your child will have a bit of trouble getting to grips with words. A dyslexia diagnosis can be a real relief for them. One mum we spoke to said: "it boosted my son's confidence to find out that there was a reason he wasn't able to spell properly or remember things. Before that, he thought he was stupid".

is my child likely to be dyslexic?

Some of the signs of dyslexia in children can be caused by other underlying health issues like poor vision or hearing, so it's a good idea to visit your GP to rule them out. In terms of statistics, dyslexia is pretty common, affecting around one in every ten to twenty people in the UK. Boys tend to have it more than girls do, and it can run in families. If you, your partner or any close members of the family have already been diagnosed with dyslexia, it's more likely your child will have it.

what are the main signs of dyslexia in children?

You'll probably notice the symptoms of dyslexia when your little one starts school. If your child is aged 5-12, look out for:

  • trouble learning the names and sounds of letters
  • drawing letters the wrong way round ('b' instead of 'd') and getting the order of letters mixed up while writing words
  • reading really slowly, or saying that the words seem to move around on the page
  • having trouble learning sequences (like the alphabet or the days of the week)
  • being able to answer a question really quickly, but then having trouble writing down the answer

how can i help my dyslexic child?

Unfortunately, dyslexia is a lifelong condition. The good news is that it can be managed. The first step is setting up a meeting with your child's teacher and the school's special needs coordinator. In most cases children are fine with a bit of additional educational support. This could involve extra one-to-one lessons, a focus on phonics or being allowed to use a computer instead of handwriting.

If Dyslexia runs in your family, make sure you spend lots of time reading with your child for fun, sounding out letters and singing lots of nursery rhymes. There is some evidence that rhyming can really help improve young children’s vocabulary and listening skills if they may be prone to, or suffer from Dyslexia.