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Is it Dyslexia?


Fran Levin Bowman and Vincent Culotta, (2010), and Liz Jensen (2018) International Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia affects 15% – 20% of individuals, many of whom remain undiagnosed and receive little or no intervention services. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, both SLI and dyslexia have strong genetic links, with 40% or more of students with these conditions having a parent or sibling with similar difficulties.


For some individuals who have never been diagnosed, dyslexia is a hidden disability which may result in underemployment, difficulty navigating academic environments, difficulty on the job, and reduced self-confidence.  Even those who have been diagnosed are likely to struggle with reading or writing in some aspects of their lives.  Dyslexia is a specific reading disorder and does not reflect low intelligence.  There are many bright and creative individuals with dyslexia who never learn to read, write, and/or spell at a level consistent with their intellectual ability.

Dyslexia is a language-based specific learning difficulty that is more than just a reading difficulty. It is characterised by difficulties in reading, spelling, and writing in individuals who have received adequate reading instruction and do not have hearing or vision problems. Those with dyslexia tend to have average to high intelligence (IQ) and can have mild to severe dyslexia. (Australian Psychological Society)

Do you think your child may have dyslexia? click on this link to begin your self assessment...

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Learning to Read and

Reading Difficulties......

There are two critical activities involved in learning to read. One is understanding the printed word (decoding and spelling); the other is understanding spoken language (listening comprehension).


The two parts must work individually and together. Difficulties with either of these components means that learning to read will be very challenging. As an experienced teacher I can help children who are having difficulties learning to read and write.

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