What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that changes the way the brain processes the written language. People with dyslexia can have difficulties recognising, spelling and decoding words. It is not linked to intelligence, but a genetic condition that is neurological. Around 10-20% of people in the UK are believed to have some degree of dyslexia.
Dyslexia isn't just about delayed reading development, it can also cause:
* frequent mispronunciation of words;
* crawling and walking later than peers;
* difficulty with hand-eye coordination;
* short concentration span;
* a delay in the ability to sequence and order things;
* a higher risk of autoimmune conditions like hay fever and allergies.
What is the theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2023?
Every year, there's a different theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week and this year’s theme is Uniquely You. This theme aims to celebrate the diversity of people within the dyslexic community. As every experience with dyslexia is different, it's important to make people aware there is no 'one size fits all' support approach. The theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2023 is a wonderful opportunity for people with dyslexia to come together and celebrate their individuality.
How can I support my child with dyslexia?
As well as showing awareness and a thorough understanding of what dyslexia is, it’s important to understand how to help those who might struggle with it. This is not only the case for Dyslexia Awareness Week or the month of October, but the whole year round, too!
One fun way that parents can help children with dyslexia is by reading books to them. This will help them enjoy books and stories without having to read themselves. As well as fostering an interest in telling stories, you’ll also be familiarising them with imaginative vocabulary and helping them get a stronger, more confident grasp of spoken language. And, it’s an opportunity to spend more quality time with your child!
Remember, if you ever have any questions relating to dyslexia or other learning needs, please have a chat with your child’s class teacher. They will be more than happy to help you.