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Definition of dyslexia

It is widely accepted that the definition of Dyslexia is best portrayed as follows:

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has adopted the Rose (2009) definition of dyslexia:

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia. A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well-founded intervention.

In addition to these characteristics:

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) acknowledges the visual and auditory processing difficulties that some individuals with dyslexia can experience, and points out that dyslexic readers can show a combination of abilities and difficulties that affect the learning process. Some also have strengths in other areas, such as design, problem solving, creative skills, interactive skills and oral skills.

BDA (2010)

If dyslexia affects you and your family, be encouraged as you are not alone. Dyslexia affects people from all walks of life and cultures:
There are many high achieving dyslexic people including Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Oliver, Kiera Knightley, John Lennon, Walt Disney, and many more. Maybe you will be too!
Many people use their dyslexia as a ‘super-power’ including Cher, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg, Holly Willoughby and Jerry Hall. Let us help you on your journey!