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Student Support Question 5: Dyslexia (Part 2)

Thursday, 18 January 2018


Qs: Where can I get further support for a person with dyslexia?


What is dyslexia?  What should I do if I suspect my child has dyslexia?


According to Nessy.com 1 in 10 people are dyslexic.  According to Ray Ham, dyslexia affects 60 million people in the United States and is the number 1 learning disability (Ham, 2014, e-book). From neurological scientific research Dyslexic brains are wired differently but dyslexics are neither more or less intelligent than someone who isn't dyslexic (International Dyslexia Association).

First of all I would say don't panic.  Dyslexia is not a disadvantage and in my opinion an advantage.  People like Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Tom Cruise, Erin Brocovitch etc. have dyslexia and companies often look to higher Dyslexics because they think so differently, creatively and out of the box.  Trust me, it is a good thing.  For more information on this and support (such as private tuition) please read my blog post: Student Support Question 3: Dyslexia.
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Support


  • Study Buddy


Having a fellow student to work with can be fun, educational and support dyslexics.  It is something that could be suggested to your teacher.

  • Teaching Assistants


Sometimes teaching assistants are available in schools to help students with things like reading, organisation etc.

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Further Help


Please note below are some suggestions that could make a dyslexics life easier.  Every person is an individual and whilst some things may work for one person, they may not work for another.  These are only suggestions not definitive solutions.

  • Knowledge is power

As Ray Ham points out, the more you know the better prepared you are.  Check out the links on this blog post.

  • Audio-books

I love reading and I love audio-books.  There are many libraries in the UK now offering free audio books and for a wider selection companies (like Amazon) offer audio-books for a price   Listening to a recording can take the pressure off a dyslexic student.

  • Computers

It always amazes me how many of the dyslexic students I have tutored have a passion for computers. 

If you are looking at tutoring why not consider online tutoring like I offer with RK Tutors? 

When it comes to writing assignments why not type them? Dafont.com has a computer font called Open Dyslexic designed to support dyslexics and when I last downloaded it, it was totally free.  Since researching it I have noticed that a few variations have been added.  Click here to download.

Another suggestion from Ray Ham, why not teach your child to touch type?

  • Reading pens

These are pens that read for you when placed over words.

Books on Dyslexia


OK so a Dyslexic may find reading difficult but often the information on Dyslexia can be found in books.  Check out some of the following:

  • Ham, R (2014).  Dyslexia 101 ways to make your life easier (Kindle Book).  Available on Amazon.
  • Eide, B & Eide, F. (2011).  The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain.  Available on Amazon.
  • Stanway, C. & Miles, L. (2012).  Parenting a child with...dyslexia.  London : BAAF

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