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It’s tempting to give children a break from reading and writing over the summer holidays, and in some ways they do need to relax from the structured learning of a school environment. Dyslexic children in particular will appreciate a change of approach away from the classroom. However, once they are back at school, it is equally important to keep the momentum going at home too, albeit in a more fun way.
I did my Batchelor of Education degree at Liverpool University. My first school I taught at was an old grammar school; it was like the secret garden, it looked horrible from the outside, but really beautiful inside and at the rear as it looked out on to a nature reserve. I said this at my interview and apparently that’s what got me the job.
Dyslexia isn’t caused by visual problems, flipping letters or reading letters backwards, and it is certainly not related to intelligence. It is the result of a brain with a different organization making reading and writing more difficult. In order to understand what is happening in a Dyslexic person’s brain, it is useful to learn about the four areas in the brain that we use for reading and which must be connected to make reading an effortless process. Together they form a reading circuit that links these different areas of the brain and then runs at a speed so fast it’s practically automatic.
Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 individuals, many are undiagnosed (or diagnosed later in life). We are determined to spread awareness of the learning ability so that more individuals get the help they need as soon, and as young, as possible so that provisions can be put in place to give a brighter future.
Dyslexia is a lifelong learning disability and it impacts how your child begins to learn and will further have an impact on their further education and working life. In fact, those with dyslexia face higher rates of anxiety and depression because of how it can impact day to day life.
We are living in a world where Dyslexia is openly being talked about, with campaigns to remove the old-fashioned definition of dyslexia, replaced with the ‘can do’ approach for everyone.
Many celebrity stories are surfacing with them sharing stories of struggles in school, late diagnoses, and memorising instead of reading. Some were diagnosed in their 20’s, after years of feeling set apart from others, unable to read or study properly, often leading to behavioural issues.
Approximately 15% of people have dyslexia, that accounts for 6 million in the UK and unfortunately most don’t realise they have it.
As we go through life, we adapt to life. Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to read and write – and it can affect anyone, anywhere in the world.
More recently, celebrities have been sharing their stories about how, and when, they were diagnosed. Many of them were in their later school years, or as adults.