Is it Dyslexia? And the facts.

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One of the many great things about my job, is the opportunity to meet so many people with a passion for what they do and care about, none more so than Jacqui Flisher of A New Way Education

Jacqui is passionate about raising the awareness of Dyslexia in adults and children and working with them, their schools and employers to help ease the unnecessary years of frustration, pain and anxiety. A full guide is available from Jacqui, so this is just a cut down version. Not everyone will have the same characteristics in this guide, neither will it affect everyone in the same way.

The person.

General

  • Appears bright and highly intelligent but unable to read, write or spell at age level
  • Often labelled as ‘stupid’, ‘lazy’, ‘careless’ or ‘not trying hard enough’
  • However isn’t ‘behind or bad enough’ to be helped in school
  • Learns best through ‘hands-on’ experience, demonstrations or visual aids

Reading, Vision and Spelling

  • Confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences or verbal explanations
  • Seems to have issues with vision, but eye test does’t show a problem
  • Reading or writing shows repetitions, substitutions and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words
  • Reads and re-reads with little or no comprehension 

Hearing and Speech

  • Easily distracted by sounds
  • Finds it hard to put thoughts into words, speaks in halting phrases, leaves sentences incomplete, stutters under stress

Writing and Motor Skills

  • Unusual pencil grip, handwriting varies or is illegible
  • Prone to motion sickness
  • Often confuses left with right or over with under

Maths and Time Management

  • Has problems telling the time, managing time, being on time, and learning sequenced information or tasks
  • Able to count, but has difficulty counting objects

Memory & Cognition

  • Excellent long-term memory for experiences, locations and faces.
  • Poor memory for sequences 
  • Thinks mainly in images and feelings, not words or sounds 

Behaviour, Health, Development and Personality

  • Extremely disorderly or compulsively orderly
  • Can be class clown, trouble-maker or too quiet
  • Unusually high or low tolerance to pain
  • Strong sense of justice; emotionally sensitive; strives for perfection

Dyslexia – the facts.

A survey of the National Union of teachers found that less than 14% of teachers could recognise a dyslexic child

Less than 7% thought they could confidently teach a dyslexic child

it is thought that 10% of the population is thought to be dyslexic – that’s 6.2 million people!

Recent studies for a school that regularly tests its new intake of pupils found in the 2012 intake of 9-10 year olds, 40% were found to be dyslexic.

That could equate to 40% of your relatives; people you know; employees or customers. Makes one think doesn’t it? 

If your website or promotional material does not paint a ‘picture’, then there may be between 6.2 – 24.8 million people who are not buying your products or services.

Over 40% of self-made millionaires are dyslexic (as are many famous people) or would do badly on aptitude tests.

Most employers and schools think helping their dyslexic students or employees will cost a lot of money – it will not.

Dyslexics are covered under the Equality Act 2010.

The ‘Spelling it Out’ report highlighted the cost to the nation of not dealing with dyslexia. It finds that £1.8bn is being wasted each year that Government fails to ensure schools meet the needs of dyslexic children. 

We look forward to working with Jacqui to spread the word amongst Corporate Health clients, and will soon be a seminar on the subject in early 2013.

For more information contact Jackie via her website or Corporate Health.

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