Dyslexia - a brief overview

“Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking and learning that affects one in ten New Zealanders, including over 70,000 school children.”  

Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Cherone Wilson – Positively Dyslexic

Let’s start with what dyslexia is NOT:

  • brain damage
  • laziness
  • lack of intelligence
  • don’t care
  • don’t want to learn

Dyslexia can / may:

  • occur in severe, moderate or mild forms
  • present differently in individuals
  • overlap with dyspraxia, ADD, APD and dyscalulia

Dyslexia can / may affect:

  • organisation skills
  • copying from the board
  • remembering and carrying out instructions
  • penmanship
  • confusion between letters or familiar words
  • discrimination between sounds
  • vision such as blurring or moving letters
  • sequencing
  • self-esteem and anxiety

How you can help:

  • early detection and treatment
  • give them tools to focus, relax and control their energy levels
  • alphabet. punctuation and letter sound skills
  • make their learning visual and hands-on
  • encourage the whole class or family to think outside the box and make mistakes
  • praise them for their efforts
  • give less homework
  • make learning interesting!

Dyslexics are talented picture thinkers!