Blog – What is Dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is a neurological disorder that affects the way people read, write, and spell. It’s estimated that around 10% of the population have dyslexia to some extent, which means it’s a relatively common condition. Dyslexia can affect people of any age, but it’s usually diagnosed in childhood.

Dyslexia can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, brain development, and environmental factors. Some of the most common symptoms of dyslexia include difficulty reading, writing and spelling, as well as problems with phonological processing and memory.

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If you suspect that you or someone you know may have dyslexia, it’s important to get assessed by a professional. In Ireland, the first step is usually to contact the designated individual responsible in your child’s school or your GP (for adult referrals only), who can refer you to a specialist. The specialist may be a psychologist, an educational psychologist, or a speech and language therapist, depending on the individual’s needs.

During the assessment process, the specialist will use a variety of tests and assessments to determine whether or not the individual has dyslexia. They will also identify any other factors that may be contributing to the individual’s difficulties, such as ADHD or a hearing impairment.

Once a diagnosis has been made, it’s important to get the right support and interventions in place. This may include tutoring, which can be especially helpful for children with dyslexia. At Kip McGrath Rathfarnham, we offer specialist tutoring for children with dyslexia, using evidence-based methods and techniques to help them improve their reading, writing, and spelling skills.

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