Does your child have dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a hidden disability that affects reading, writing and spelling. It may also affect short-term memory, mathematical ability, personal organisation, and the ability to put things in order.
The condition is mainly inherited, and caused by differences in the language areas of the brain. With the right support children can be taught to cope with the condition; they can learn to overcome this disability and stop it being a barrier to achievement.

If you think your child might have dyslexia you can look out for these signs:

  • Is bright in some ways but has a ‘block’ in others?
  • Has difficulty reading; is a slow reader, misses letters, words, lines?
  • Has particular difficulty with spelling?
  • Has poor handwriting?
  • Has difficulty carrying out three instructions in sequence?
  • Has problems with reading comprehension?
  • Has difficulties with mathematics?
  • Puts figures or letters the wrong way round, e.g. 15 for 51, 6 for 9, was for saw?
  • Has difficulty understanding time and tense?
  • Confuses left and right?
  • Is there anyone else in the family with similar difficulties or that has dyslexia?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to many of these questions, you should visit your GP or find out more at

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