What is Dyslexia?
Despite different definitions of dyslexia, expert views very largely agree on two basic points. First, dyslexia is identifiable as a developmental difficulty of language learning and cognition. In other words, it is now widely accepted that dyslexia exists. Secondly, the long running debate about its existence should give way to building professional expertise in identifying dyslexia and developing effective ways to help learners overcome its effects.
The Rose review constructed the following working definition of dyslexia and its characteristics, Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties
● 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.
We work with Parent Partnership in both East and West Cheshire.
Parent Partnership is able to provide support through trained personnel who can attend school meetings with Parents and help them to establish the needs of their children. The contact numbers are:
Cheshire West and Chester 0300 123 8123
Cheshire East 01625 374 278