What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty which affects 1 in 10 people in the UK.
It causes problems with spelling, reading and writing and is usually diagnosed during childhood. People with dyslexia struggle to process how written word sounds correspond to letters.
What causes dyslexia?
The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown, but it appears to run in families so is thought to be connected to genes inherited from parents.
Dyslexia is not related to intelligence, and can affect people of all abilities.
There is no cure for dyslexia, however there are techniques which can make spelling, reading, writing and managing tasks easier.
What are the symptoms of dyslexia?
Dyslexia can cause people to:
- Read and write slowly
- Confuse the order of letters in words
- Write letters the wrong way round
- Have poor spelling
- Struggle to understand or process written information
- Find planning and organisation difficult