Why can’t my child read?
s l e x i a
unknown and misunderstood)
a word that cannot legally be mentioned in most school systems because it’s
a medical term and evaluation.
Is It All in Your Mind? describes the physical differences that
develop in the brain of the fetus that results in dyslexia.
Type of Special Need
D y s l e x i a
School Term :(SLD
- Specific Learning Disability) or
Specific Literacy Difficulties SLD/ (Dyslexia)
Three times as many males as
types of dyslexia; motor, visual and auditory
It is likely
that there will be marked deficits in their achievements despite being of
average or above ability.
significant problems with reading writing and spelling, and sometime maths.
Short-term memory, concentration, personal organization and sequencing can
also be affected.
In other respects many people with SLD are very creative.
look out for: problems with phonics, poor short term memory and problems
with distinguishing right and left. The child might seem bright in some
ways but with a ‘block’ in others. The child may have difficulty with
carrying out a sequence of three or more instructions. He/she may write
letters and numbers the wrong way round, e.g. 17 for 71, 9 for 6, b for d
etc. He/she may write a word in several ways without recognizing the
correct version. There can be confusion with left and right and he/she may
have a poor sense of rhythm. Learning about time and tense can also cause
children he/she may make unexpected errors reading aloud, have difficulty
copying and taking notes and spelling. He/she may have problems planning
and writing essays and with mental arithmetic. It might take him/her a very
long time to read a book with understanding. A lack of self-esteem is often
Identifying Dyslexia (In Touch June 2003)