What is Dyslexia?

‘Dys’ means ‘not’ and ‘lexia’ comes from the latin word ‘legein’ which is about ‘reading’.  The increasing number of characteristics which psychologists over hundreds of years have grouped together to be included in the term ‘Dyslexia’ include more than simply the lack of ability to read or low ability to read.

Scientists have discovered that people with dyslexia are not using the appropriate parts of their brain for spelling and reading. The possible reason for this is that when they were taught to read and spell they didn’t understand how to process the information they were given about how words work. They simply used their brain in the best way they could at the time, until they were taught to use it for reading and spelling in the same way those people with no problems with the tasks

The ability to spell write and read is not a natural process, but when people are taught to listen appropriately to words and learn how to match what they hear to what they see in words and then discover how to commit that to memory and recall it quickly when needed, it can soon begin to feel like a natural process.

Beginners can spell write and read even after their first lesson with the Spell Write and Read System.

If you suspect that your child has dyslexia you can contact mavis@spellwriteandread.com for an initial assesmentBoy thinking

If you simply want to know why your student finds it difficult spell, write or read Mavis can help you with a Literacy Skills and Knowledge Assessment.

This is a short assessment that takes between 30 minutes and an hour to administer and by the end of it you will know  exactly where your child needs help.

I can provide you with a written report that you can take to your child’s teacher with some recommendations of where the school can help.

If I think you need to consult a Dyslexia Assessor I will let you know.