Dyslexia is one of the hidden disabilities. It is a specific problem with learning to read, write and spell correctly. It is not caused by a lack of ability, by emotional or physical problems nor is it because a person has not been taught properly. It is thought to be due to differences in the way in which the brain works. It affects up to 8% of the population and is more common in males. Indications that dyslexia may be present are:
- Unexpected problems with reading, writing, spelling and sometimes with numbers also.
- A family history of literacy difficulties.
- Early speech and language difficulties.
- Problems with remembering common sequences, e.g. alphabet, months of the year, multiplication tables.
- Problems with following more than one instruction, remembering messages, etc.
- Poor hand–eye co-orindation.
- Difficulties with written language.
Association for children and adults with learning disabilities (A.C.L.D.)
1 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2. (For free information)
For local information contact 789266.