What is Dyslexia?

 29th Apr 2016

Dyslexia is a disorder which encompasses a broad number of difficulties relating to a person’s ability to learn new skills.

These can include areas such as a person’s ability to read, spell and write and, unlike some other learning disabilities; the experience of dyslexia can vary greatly from person to person.

Those living with this disability may encounter challenges with:

  • Spelling complex (or simple) words
  • Writing quickly
  • Expressing their opinions on issues
  • They may also find comprehending written information difficult despite understanding the same information when expressed verbally

Perhaps rather surprisingly, dyslexia can affect as much as 10% of the population which, at the time of writing, is around 6.4 million people in the UK alone.

This is a result of the condition affecting people around the world, irrespective of their race or background and the fact that many people can become affected due to hereditary factors.

Despite it being a life-long condition which currently has no cure, it is common for many people living with dyslexia to be highly motivated, creative and have excellent problem solving abilities.

There have been many success stories of people who have been diagnosed as dyslexic with artist Leonardo da Vinci, actor Orlando Bloom and inventor Thomas Edison being just a few examples of famous names.

This is because dyslexia is not related to a person’s intelligence and, whilst it can have a large impact on certain areas of their life, the majority of people can live fulfilling, active and aspirational lives with strong careers and relationships.

Dyslexia stems from the Greek translation of ‘difficulty with words’ and, as a result it, people living with the condition can find it challenging to express themselves as well as other people can.

Many dyslexics may also be living with other conditions in parallel such as dyspraxia, dyscalculia and ADHD which, together, form a major part of a collective group of disorders called ‘Specific Learning Difficulties’.

Dyslexia has also been known to develop during adult years as a result of serious health events such as brain injury, stroke and Dementia amongst others which effect or cause damage to the area of the brain which is dedicated to language processing.

Dyslexia can be a challenging learning disability to live with however, for many people, it does not need to be a reason to stop enjoying life the full, learn new things, and meet new people.

There are many different intervention treatments available for both children and adults which aim to support the learning processes for people living with dyslexia.

These include one-to-one sessions, phonic coaching (focusing on understanding sounds on a more granular level) and specialist computer software, all of which aim to support a person’s learning with more targeted education techniques.

Encompass are a registered charity which provides a range of care services designed to greatly improve the lives of people living with either an enduring mental health condition or a learning disability.

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