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Dyslexia - An Overview

Dyslexia is a life-long neurological condition that affects the way certain sensory information is processed. This may cause difficulty with processing and remembering information that is seen and heard, which can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills and a range of other aspects. Characteristic features of dyslexia are:

  • Difficulties in phonological awareness (working with the sounds within words)
  • Issues with visual and verbal memory
  • Processing speed
  • Problems may also be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and organisational skills. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities and is best understood as a learning difference or neuro diversity.

    Dyslexia is typically characterised by an imbalance of skills and, in situations where different sets of skills have to coexist and support each other, there can be difficulties despite an average or above performance in any one area. Dyslexia can have significant educational and workplace implications as a result. As with Autism, Dyslexia is a hidden disability, which may impact the individual greatly despite there being little external evidence other than a failure to perform as expected in a given situation. These issues can result in serious negative outcomes for people with dyslexia where there is poor understanding and support.

    Dyslexia Unlocked offers support, training and advice to individuals and organisations to address the challenges faced by people with neuro-diverse conditions in order to unlock skills and abilities.