What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a neurological condition which affects from 10-20% of the population. It is probably genetic, but symptoms can be acquired from brain damage at birth, or due to a stroke.
It is rarely found on its own, but in combination with at least one of these other dys-abilities: -
- Dyslexia (reading and spelling)
- Dyspraxia (co-ordination)
- Dyscalculia (numeracy)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Where can we find more information?
The British Dyslexia Association has a wealth of information and sources of resources. For information on using ICT with dyslexic people, look at the BDA New Technologies Committee’s website www.bdatech.org
iANSYST is a company that provides technical support and reviews of a range of equipment and software.
Adult Dyslexia Organisation provides information on getting help with literacy and numeracy skills and coping with dyslexia in the workplace.
PATOSS is the teachers’ organisation for those working with dyslexics; also has a teaching qualification.
Dyslexia Action provides assessment and specialist teaching . Our nearest centres are in Darlington, Harrogate and Leeds. In May they have published a webinair session on Dyslexia and Maths. There were some technical display problems, but it is worth persevering if you have an interest in this area
North Yorkshire CC has a new concise but friendly guide for parents: Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Mainstream Schools. Click for SEN leaflet