Finding a definition of dyslexia is simple. Finding one we all can agree on is challenging. In January 2009, the Scottish Government, Dyslexia Scotland and the Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia in the Scottish Parliament agreed on the following working definition:
- auditory and /or visual processing of language-based information
- phonological awareness
- oral language skills and reading fluency
- short-term and working memory
- sequencing and directionality
- number skills
- organisational ability.
Dyslexia exists in all cultures and across the range of abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. It is a hereditary, life-long, neurodevelopmental condition.
Learners with dyslexia will benefit from early identification, appropriate intervention and targeted effective teaching, enabling them to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.’
So, dyslexia can affect the way you communicate and it’s different for everyone. Unidentified and unsupported, dyslexia can result in low self-esteem, high stress and under-achievement. People with dyslexia will benefit from early identification, and, with support, can find ways to learn which suit them better.
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Though this definition focuses on the difficulties associated with dyslexia, there as many, if not more, associated strengths. These include:
- visual-spatial, or 3D thinking
- making connections
- problem solving
- divergent thinking