Dyslexia is an inability to learn how to read and write English in the way that the majority of the population can do. It is a genetic problem, and as such it can’t be overcome by taking medication, nor by being taught the elements of English (particularly spelling) in the conventional way.
However it is possible for both children and adults to overcome the problem through receiving tuition in a unique way - a way that is quite different from the way in which English is normally taught in class.
This tuition can take place in school, usually via the special needs teacher.
All people who suffer from dyslexia have a problem with spelling English words, and even when corrected repeatedly can find it much harder than might otherwise be expected to remember the spellings.
Additionally sufferers from dyslexia may also have difficulty with reading (perhaps finding it helpful to have a ruler or finger under each line of text), and may find help from using coloured overlays or tinted glasses.
Many dyslexic people also find it hard to remember sequences of events that others find easy to remember.
It is important to remember that dyslexia cannot be cured, but dyslexic people can be helped in their reading and writing so that they can cope perfectly well. Indeed many dyslexic people proceed to gain English A level, and to take degrees in subjects which rely heavily on reading and writing English throughout the course.
If you are a parent seeking to work with the school to resolve what you feel may be dyslexia in your child, the best approach is to talk to the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator (often call the SENCO). The school may then choose to have the young person tested either via an educational psychologist or by using our online diagnostic test - although not every school will opt to pay for a test.
If the school does not wish to test the child, parents may however opt to have their child tested directly.
Parents who arrange for their child to take the online diagnostic test for dyslexia will receive a full report on the results, and recommendations as to what should be done to help the child.