CLB Dyslexia Support
1. The British Dyslexia Association estimate that as many as 10% of the UK population have a dyslexic profile. The majority of these cases do not receive any specialist intervention.
2. A dyslexic individual has no problem thinking of excellent ideas but may have difficulty expressing those ideas in written format.
3. Dyslexia is a common type of specific learning difficulty that mainly affects the skills involved in the reading and spelling of words and in some individuals it also impacts on numeracy.
4. Since dyslexia is a syndrome, it affects everyone differently. That’s why individualised support is essential.
5. Dyslexics often display outstanding creative thinking, verbal skills, visual-spatial skills and intuitive understanding, so thinking outside the box, giving an impromptu speech, learning to drive and reading between the lines often come more easily to them than to non-dyslexics.
6. In addition to learning to read and spell, dyslexia also impacts on working memory, processing speed, sequencing skills, fine motor skills and auditory and visual perception.
7. It’s a myth that being dyslexic makes the letters move around the page or appear distorted.
8. There have been many theories over the years as to the true cause of dyslexia. The most dominant theory is that dyslexia is down to a phonological deficit. This makes a lot of sense as dyslexic individuals commonly display difficulties with memorising English spelling patterns and matching the right combination of letters to the corresponding sound.
9. Dyslexia is more common in individuals for whom English is their native language. This is likely due to the fact that the English spelling system is so complex and inconsistent. Just consider the varying sounds that ‘ough’ makes in ‘through’, ‘cough’, ‘tough’ and ‘thought’!
10. Dyslexia is not linked to intelligence! Successful dyslexics include Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Leonardo Da Vinci and Muhammad Ali.