Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder where there is a reading impairment. It is often characterised by difficulties in one or more areas of reading, spelling, and writing. Some of the accompanying weaknesses may include difficulties in language acquisition, phonological processing, working memory, sequencing and organisation, visual perception and motor skills. These difficulties could lead to a gap between a child’s potential for learning, and his or her academic achievement.
Difficulties in acquiring and using language, reading, spelling, and writing letters in the wrong order is just one manifestation of Dyslexia and may not occur in all cases.
Dyslexia is a lifelong condition. Early identification and treatment are key to helping children with Dyslexia achieve success in school and in life.
Treatment for Dyslexia consists of using educational tools to enhance the ability to read and/or write. Children with Dyslexia can be taught by a method that involves several senses (hearing, seeing and touching) at the same time, or what we call a multi-sensory approach.
It is important to remember that all children learn differently and at different rates. You will need to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, rate of learning, and interests in order to help your child be successful in overcoming or coping with his or her difficulties.