Is Dyslexia a Learning Disability?

Dyslexia affects the way people process and understand information. It can make reading, spelling, and writing difficult. In the U.K it is recognised as a disability, protected by the 2010 equality act.

  • 10% of people have dyslexia

Is Dyslexia a Learning Disability?

Yes dyslexia is a learning disability. It affects a child's ability to learn new things, such as reading and writing. Learning disabilities.

Dyslexia does not affect a person's intelligence, only their ability to learn in specific areas.

Dyslexia can impact a person's life in many ways. It can make it difficult to succeed in school, get a job, and function in everyday life.

However, there are many resources available to help people with dyslexia overcome their challenges. With early intervention and support, people with dyslexia can achieve success in school, work, and life.

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dyslexia strengths and weaknesses

Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects how the brain works. Dyslexic children can find it harder to learn new things and to complete tasks.

Dyslexia can be a weakness and affect a child's:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Emotions
  • Short-term Memory
  • Emotions
  • Social skills

Yet dyslexic children can have many other talents. Having dyslexia can be a strength and make a child more likely to be good at:

  • Creativity
  • Problems Solving
  • Conversation
  • Long Term Memory
  • Storytellers
  • Model Builders
  • Abstract Thinkers
  • Being Clever

Explain to a child what dyslexia is, in a positive way, by using these 10 minute activities: "Understanding Dyslexia".

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What are the Signs of Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects how children read, write, and spell. It is a lifelong condition that is not caused by a lack of intelligence or motivation.

Children with dyslexia can be of average or above average intelligence, but they may still struggle with certain tasks.

The signs of dyslexia can vary from child to child. Below are some common signs of dyslexia. A dyslexic child may struggle with:

  • Recognising letters and words
  • Sounding out words
  • Reading fluently
  • Spelling words correctly
  • Readable handwriting
  • Organising ideas
  • Following instructions
  • Focus and attention

Learn more about the common signs of dyslexia, see "Signs of dyslexic in child age 5-10 years".

What are the causes of dyslexia?

The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors.

Yet scientific evidence suggests that dyslexia is more likely caused by genetics than environmental factors.

Genetic factors that may cause dyslexia include:

  • Dyslexia maybe pass down from a parent or grandparent to a child.
  • Affecting the child's language processing and brain development

Environmental factors that may cause dyslexia include:

  • Exposure to toxins during pregnancy
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight

How is dyslexia diagnosed?

Dyslexia is formally diagnosed by trained a professional, such as a educational psychologists. By completing a formal dyslexia assessment with the child.

During the assessment the child will complete reading, writing, and memory tasks. To help assess if the child has dyslexia, or another similar learning disability such as dyspraxia or dysgraphia. Note a dyslexic child may have more than one learning disability.  

Learn more see: "Step by step guide to formal dyslexia assessments".

How to Help a Dyslexic Child?

A dyslexic child would benefit by getting extra help with:

  • Reading/Writing
  • Spelling Grammar
  • Confidence
  • Emotions
  • Social Skills

Learn practical tips and advice to help a dyslexic child, see "Dyslexic Mum" blog or join courses.

What are the treatments for dyslexia?

There is no cure for dyslexia, yet there are many ways to help and support and dyslexic child. Some of the most common treatments for dyslexia include:

  • Multi-sensory learning: People with dyslexia often benefit from multi-sensory that is tailored to their individual needs. This may help improve reading, writing, and spelling skills.
  • Assistive technology: Assistive technology can help people with dyslexia with tasks such as reading, writing, and spelling. Some examples of assistive technology include: Spell checkers and Voice-to-text software.
  • Support groups: Support groups can provide people with dyslexia with a place to share their experiences and connect with others who understand what they are going through.

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