Frequently Asked Questions
What is dyslexia?
The word actually breaks down as follows: (dys) difficulty and (lexis) lexicon - words or vocabulary. So the word itself means difficulty with words. However, there are individuals who are often referred to as 'literate dyslexics'. These dyslexic individuals can have a good foundation in reading and writing however they still experience the 'underlying' challenges of this learning difference as noted in the British Dyslexia Association's definition below:
"Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be lifelong in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual's other cognitive abilities. It tends to be resistant to conventional teaching methods, but its effects can be mitigated by appropriately specific intervention, including the application of information technology and supportive counselling."
Dyslexia has no bearing on a person's overall ability and we have worked with dyslexic solicitors, scientists, police officers, nurses ..... Dyslexia does not discriminate it will be affecting individuals working at all levels within all workplaces.
What is dyscalculia?
The word actually breaks down as follows: (dys) difficulty and (calculia) - to count. So the word means difficulty with counting, numbers, arithmetic.
The Department of Education definition is as follows:
‘A condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.’
What is dyspraxia?
The word actually breaks down as follows: (dys) difficulty and (praxis) - to act (take action), do. So the word means difficulty with carrying out actions. (It is increasingly becoming referred to as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder - DCD).
'Dyspraxia affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is associated with problems of perception, language and thought'. (Dyspraxia Foundation).