Melton Borough Council

Dyslexia Awareness Week(Monday 3rd November to Sunday 9th November 2014)

Published Tuesday, 4th November 2014

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning difficulties, estimated to affect around 1 in 10 people in England.

Dyslexia is a common problem

Dyslexia is estimated to be up to three times more common in boys, and a dyslexic tendency can run in families and passed down through generations.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 people in England suffer from some form of dyslexia

There's no connection between dyslexia and intelligence

Children with average intelligence and mild dyslexia will most likely be more skilled at reading than a child with high intelligence and severe dyslexia.

It’s not just about mixing up your ‘b’s’ and your ‘d’s’ or your ‘p’s’ and your ‘q’s’

Whilst this will be a problem to many with dyslexia, the most common manifestation is not difficulty recognising words, but poor oral reading characterised by substitutions, omissions, additions. The reversal of sounds, letters, syllables or full words, is also common.

Dyscalculia is difficulty in learning or understanding i.e. difficulty in understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, and learning facts in mathematics. Dyscalculia can occur in people from across the whole IQ range, often, but not always, involving difficulties with time, measurement, and spatial reasoning

For more information about dyslexia and ‘National Dyslexia Awareness Week’ you can visit the British Association of Dyslexia website