Dyslexia Leicester

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Advice and Guidance

What can we offer?

Many people want to know if they are, or one of their relatives is, dyslexic.

Dyslexia Lifeline offers:

Email screening service

For £25 (which is deductible from the cost of a full assessment, should that be appropriate) we will:

What’s the point of this screening?

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Full diagnostic assessment

We will arrange a face-to-face assessment with a fully-trained specialist teacher / assessor, who will:

What’s the point of an assessment?

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Frequently Asked Questionsspelling tests

What can I do about it?

It is important to remember that all is not lost!

People cope – they learn strategies to work their way round difficulties without specialist help. For example, they make use of spellcheckers, develop their own memory aids, ask other people, work out unknown words through context…

Having dyslexia is no bar to achieving academic success – there are a significant number of dyslexic students in Higher Education.

It is also no bar to achieving success in the workplace; just look at Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Kara Tointon, Orlando Bloom, Robin Williams, Picasso, Cher, Steve Redgrave...

dyslexia adultsIs there a cure?

There isn't a ‘cure’ in the medical sense, but people develop self-support, by-pass strategies themselves or they learn particular skills so that they can carry on with their lives. They can often benefit from supportive relatives, friends and colleagues.

Do coloured overlays help?

Some people have problems with print moving around / blurring; this is known as Scoptopic Sensitivity or Meares-Irlen Syndrome. This is not dyslexia-specific, but coloured overlays do help some people who have this type of visual stress when reading. See the following for more information:

dyslexia advice young adultsDoes dyslexia overlap with other conditions?

Yes, statistically there is an overlap with other conditions such as dyscalculia, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (dyspraxia) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). All these conditions form a spectrum of difficulties, which may overlap with each other.

Is it possible, as an adult, to suddenly ‘discover’ that you are dyslexic?

Yes, some people very early on learn strategies to help them cope with what they find difficult. They may have also had additional tuition or support to help them cope.

This can help them to compensate for areas of weakness; however, when placed under increased pressure such as time constraints or novel demands, areas of weakness reappear.

dyslexia help or childrenAre spelling tests helpful?

Children, especially dyslexic children, need to learn word structures rather than a random selection of structurally unrelated words. Although many children will be able to learn words for the tests, when it comes to writing (because of working memory and other competing demands) spelling accuracy, even on previously learnt words, will suffer; resulting in loss of self-esteem. However, over-learning and application of taught skills and knowledge can be beneficial. Appropriate strategies for learning different spellings should be discussed with the child, to aid retention.

In writing, how important is technical accuracy?

creative writingWithin creative writing, it is the quality of what is said that is paramount for the first draft. Technical accuracy (how it is spelt, punctuated and so on) is only achieved at the final stage of writing.

It is helpful when word-processing the first draft, to turn off automatic grammar and spell checks until the work has been completed, to avoid distraction from the main purpose of the task.

Once the creative content has been recorded, proof-reading and editing can take place; at this point automatic spelling and grammar checks can be put to good use in order to produce the final text.