Dyslexia – Specific Learning Difficulties

What is Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties?

Specific Learning Difficulty is a term used in the UK to describe children who have difficulties with reading, writing or maths. Children may only have a difficulty in one area or they may have a range of difficulties. The most common specific learning difficulty is dyslexia. Dyslexia is characterised by difficulties in reading and spelling. About 10% of the population is thought to be affected by dyslexia to some degree.

Dyslexia often occurs alongside other difficulties such as dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research in Canada suggests that 40% of children with reading problems also had ADHD. The same research found a high incidence of dyspraxia/DCD among children with reading problems. Children with dyslexia may also show problems with sensory processing.

Assessment of your child

Once commissioned we will carry out a comprehensive assessment in order to identify the extent and nature of your child’s difficulties. We will use a combination of standardised and observational assessments to identify specific areas of difficulty in relation to motor coordination, sensory processing and visual perception. We will select those assessments that we feel are most appropriate for your child, following discussion with you at the initial consultation. Following the assessment we will arrange a feedback appointment to discuss the results, offer you advice and recommend therapy options that may be appropriate.

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Therapy for Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties

If the assessment indicates either problems with sensory processing or with dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder, there are a number of different treatment approaches available to use. It is common to often use a combination of approaches when working with a particular child some of which are: sensory integration; sensory motor approaches; cognitive motor approaches and functional approaches. The intervention will be child-centred and planned around the needs of your child and the goals they want to achieve. Perhaps most importantly therapy will be fun.

Therapy may involve one or more of the following options:

  • Consultation with parents and teachers
  • Individual or group therapy
  • Exercise programmes for home and/or school
  • Environmental modifications
  • Providing awareness training at your child’s school

Useful links for information on Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties

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