Dyslexia, Difference or Disadvantage?

/, Edgbaston, Harborne, Kings Heath, Knowle, Moseley, Solihull/Dyslexia, Difference or Disadvantage?

Lorraine Walsh, a local dyslexia tutor, sheds some light on the matter for us.

Many younger children spell words phonetically (how they sound), but when this continues beyond the age of 7, it may indicate a difference in learning style. We pick up spelling rules through initial phonics tuition at nursery, school, and reading. A child with dyslexia doesn’t pick up language the same way; rules have to be taught very carefully, explicitly and learned through regular practice. It’s a sad fact that many of those in prison are dyslexic and barely literate.

The education system caters for the majority of learners. However, dyslexic learners’ brains are wired slightly
differently, making the process of traditional learning literacy more difficult. But with specialist help, the improvement can be a wonder for them.

Children with dyslexia may display one or more of the following:

  • Unusual spelling and poor alphabet design.
  • Forgetful self-organisation
  • Good verbal skills but weaker at writing
  • Problems copying text
  • Falling behind from Year 2
  • Avoiding work or appearing lazy
  • Unusually tired at the end of the school day
  • Creativity particularly in art, music and sport

Parents say: “As a young child, my son loved learning, and was inquisitive and articulate. As he got older he avoided school work, becoming increasingly frustrated and despondent which was reflected in challenging behaviour. Now I know he is dyslexic, I understand why.”

“I thought my child wasn’t academic. Having had him assessed for dyslexia, I now know he is very bright but struggling with literacy.”

“My instinct told me something was wrong, but at parents’ evenings I was always assured my daughter was fine and working within the average. Having struggled through school, she was diagnosed as dyslexic at University and is now receiving support.”

You know when your child is not meeting their potential. Act on this instinct, even if it goes against other feedback about your child. Getting an early assessment done can change lives.

Lorraine Walsh is a dyslexia tutor living in Bentley Heath. She has a child who is dyslexic and is passionate about helping other parents identify dyslexia in their children.

For further information or advice contact lorraine.walsh@targetdyslexia.org or 07711840507