World Dyslexia Awareness Day – 8th October, 2021
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Other difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, although these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia.
People with dyslexia may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear which can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills. Dyslexia is a life-long condition and usually runs in families.
It is important to note that just as each person is unique, so is everyone’s experience of dyslexia. Presentation of symptoms can range from mild to severe, and co-occurrence with other learning differences is common.
There are positives to thinking differently; and many people with dyslexia show strengths in areas such as reasoning, and in visual and creative fields.
Since dyslexia itself is not visible, individuals with dyslexia often feel unsupported, unwanted and invisible – from the child at school struggling to keep up with the rest of their friends, to the office worker feeling like they do not belong. Some people with dyslexia may also struggle with their mental health and discrimination in the workplace.
This year, 2021, the focus is on ‘Invisible Dyslexia’ – an exploration of the theme of visibility within the community. For more information on dyslexia support in Gibraltar, click HERE