Dyslexia Support Pages

The items on this page are all freely available on the web. For ease I have collated them here for parents.

Defining dyslexia

Finding a definition of dyslexia is simple. Finding one we all can agree on is challenging.

In January 2009, the Scottish Government, Dyslexia Scotland and the Cross Party Group on Dyslexia in the Scottish Parliament agreed on the following working definition:

” Dyslexia can be described as a continuum of difficulties in learning to read, write and/or spell, which persist despite the provision of appropriate learning opportunities. These difficulties often do not reflect an individual’s cognitive abilities and may not be typical of performance in other areas.

The impact of dyslexia as a barrier to learning varies in degree according to the learning and teaching environment, as there are often associated difficulties such as:

· auditory and /or visual processing of language-based information

· phonological awareness

· oral language skills and reading fluency

· short-term and working memory

· sequencing and directionality

· number skills

· organisational ability”

Dyslexia exists in all cultures and across the range of abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. It is a hereditary, life-long, neurodevelopmental condition. Unidentified, dyslexia is likely to result in low self esteem, high stress, atypical behaviour, and low achievement.

Learners with dyslexia will benefit from early identification, appropriate intervention and targeted effective teaching, enabling them to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens

1. What is Dyslexia

2. Information for Parents

3. Dyslexia – Information for Teachers

4. Dyslexia – How Teachers Can Help

6. Information about Dyslexia and Visual Issues






East Lothian Schools Advice and Guidance for teachers has just been published.

January 2012
























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