The short answer is: a bright student with reading difficulties.

Dyslexia is an inherited brain difference, which means the individual will need to be taught differently.

Early detection and diagnosis is essential. As the student shows signs of improvement, they will also start to gain confidence and exhibit a higher self-esteem.

Dyslexic students should have access to classroom accommodations to enable them to reach their full potential.

Students who have not been diagnosed with dyslexia may still show one or more of the following signs:

  • delay in speaking
  • immature speech
  • mixed up syllables in words
  • directionality
  • difficulty learning the sounds and names of the alphabet and basic phonics
  • difficulty sequencing lists (alphabet, months of the year, days of the week, times tables, instructions etc.)
  • difficulty rhyming words
  • difficulty establishing the dominant hand
  • difficulty tying shoes

The good news is; the right side of the brain in people shown to have dyslexia is larger than the normal population. This will give them significant strengths in the more creative skills; like, art, music, mechanics, people skills, imagination, curiosity, intuition, and creative thinking.

Many famous people have been identified as dyslexic: Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein, John Grisham, Winston Churchill and Walt Disney to name a few.

About 40% of people who are identified with dyslexia suffer from ADD or ADHD. Another 3% -8% may have difficulty reading black print on white paper and need a coloured overlay to diminish the glare.