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Other issues associated with dyslexia

  • Slow Reading Progress - has difficulty in putting the sounds of letters together or perhaps has problems understanding what he or she has read
  • Muddles pronunciation of words - for example, 'carpark' pronounced as 'parcark'
  • Spelling problems - will often spell words in a bizarre fashion, put letters in the wrong order, reverse letters etc.
  • Poor handwriting - will often write letters and numbers the wrong way round, takes much longer than expected to do written work etc.
  • Poor short term memory - has difficulty in carrying out more than one instruction at   a time, forgetting where they have left personal belongings etc.
  • Confusion of small words - for example, of, for, from
  • Lack of self-confidence and poor self-esteem - will often describe themselves as being "thick" or "stupid"
  • Poor concentration - often accused of not paying attention, particularly where reading and writing are involved etc

Dyslexic people often have special talent, with a tendency to be able to 'think outside the box' or have a different 'take' on problems.   However, it can be a frustrating and depressing journey, when a person is trying hard, possibly working much harder than his or her peers, but just not achieving the same results when putting things down on paper. This can lead to behavioural problems which can range from not wanting to go to school, to actually being downright disruptive.   Low self-esteem sometimes manifests in withdrawal, and sometimes in hyperactivity and attention seeking behaviour.

At Northwich Dyslexia Centre, all the students improve.   The resulting improvement in self-esteem is very rewarding to see.   Every 3 months students are re-assessed and a graph produced to chart their progress, which once achieved remains permanent.

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