There are many definitions of dyslexia. A very simple one would be that dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly.
A small list of possible dyslexia symptoms would include some, but not all,
of these in a dyslexic child:
1. difficulties with organizing themselves;
2. a noticeable difference between the pupil's ability and their actual accomplishment
3. writing numbers or letters backwards;
4. difficulties with spelling;
5. confusion over left and right;
6. writing letters or numbers backwards;
7. difficulties with math;
8. difficulties with organizing themselves;
9. difficulty following 2- or 3-step instructions.
10. A family history of learning difficulties
Understand Dyslexia can be very difficulty.
BBC recently aired an excellent documentary on understanding dyslexia which featured Kara Tointon, former Eastenders actress and winner of Strictly Come Dancing, as she explored her dyslexia.
The programme can be viewed (in four parts) on YouTube at the following links.
- Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DQFbQWyOdw
- Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVaKNj-IgM4
- Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuF-GolL-0
- Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ3tZij2bG4