What is Dyslexia?

Definition

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills, but can also affect memory and organisational skills. Around ten percent of the UK population are believed to be dyslexic. It is a neurological condition, which although is genetic, is not guaranteed to be passed down. It is a lifelong condition ranging from mild to severe. Each individual experiences dyslexia differently, although there are clustered indicators of the condition.

Diagnosis

A full and accurate diagnosis of dyslexia can only be achieved by a psychologist or appropriately qualified specialist. If you believe you, or someone you know may have dyslexia, it might be worth taking an online screening to ascertain whether a full assessment is required. There are adult checklists and screening tools for children that might be useful.

If you are a parent/carer and suspect your child may have dyslexia, speak to a teacher or the SENCO (special needs coordinator) at your child’s school.

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Adult Dyslexia Group

Adult Dyslexia Group is a self-help group who share experiences and learn from each other. They meet monthly at St. James’s church, Piccadilly.

Upcoming meetings:

Monday, 13th November 2017 (6.30pm – 9pm) at ST JAMES’S CHURCH
197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

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The Autism Hub

Are you living in the London Borough of Havering? Are you or a family member on the ASD spectrum? The Autism Hub, run by the Sycamore Trust, helps bring people together through parent support groups, family activities youth clubs, befriending projects, and more. For more information visit their website or call them on 01708 749 816.

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