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Dyslexia and communication

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kelly potts

on 3 January 2018

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Transcript of Dyslexia and communication

Co-occurring conditions - Dyslexia
What is dyslexia?

There are many definitions of dyslexia, some better than others. (choose the number which you think best describes it)

1. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.”

2. An unexpected difficulty in learning to read, write and spell”

3. A specific learning difficulty, typically characterised by an unusual balance of skills, largely present in literacy.”

Understanding Dyslexia
Understanding Disabilities
Activity....... Describe a recent holiday :)

Listen to each person, write down one word or description of how they are feeling

To understand what is meant by the term dyslexia


To define dyslexia
To recognise the characteristics of Dyslexia
To understand how dyslexia effects learning

Characteristics of dyslexia
It is important to remember that:

There are many characteristics of dyslexia

No two people will have the same profile

Those with dyslexia will also have strengths

You should focus on what they are good at rather than what they are not

What are the characteristics of Dyslexia?

Difficulties in phonological awareness, working memory and processing speed.

Other difficulties may be seen in aspects of
Motor co-ordination
Mental calculation
Personal organisation

How does dyslexia affect learning?
It’s not just about reading, writing and maths. There are sometimes barriers with:

Organising work and other aspects of life;

Poor sense of time, mixing up classes and times of activities

Directional confusion, getting lost easily, losing track of words on page

The list continues
Poor motor control

Confusion between letters and words


Visual distortions making reading difficult
and sequencing

Difficulty carrying out instructions, copying and
remembering what has just been said

Dyslexia IS a recognised learning disability.

“Define dyslexia but never those who are dyslexic”

In groups of 3 provide a definition to share with the group

(approx. 3 minutes)
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