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Parent Referral for Dyslexia


"Dyslexia is best described as a combination of abilities and difficulties which affect the learning process in one or more of reading, spelling, writing and sometimes numeracy/language. Accompanying weaknesses may be identified in areas of speed of processing, short-term memory, sequencing, auditory and/or visual perception, spoken language and motor skills. Some children have outstanding creative skills; others have strong oral skills. Whilst others have no outstanding talents, they all have strengths. Dyslexia occurs despite ... conventional teaching. It is independent of socio-economic or language background."


British Dyslexia Association (BDA)


Dyslexia KS3 Workshop


Dyslexia KS4 Workshop


Indications of Dyslexia


If a child has several of these indications, further investigation should be made. The child may be dyslexic, or there may be other reasons. This is not a checklist.


  • A family history of dyslexia/reading difficulties.

  • Has particular difficulty with reading and spelling.

  • Puts letters and figures the wrong way round.

  • Has difficulty remembering tables, alphabet, formulae etc.

  • Leaves letters out of words or puts them in the wrong order.

  • Still occasionally confuses 'b' and 'd' and words such as 'no/on'.

  • Poor concentration.

  • Has problems understanding what he/she has read.

  • Takes longer than average to do written work.

  • Problems processing language at speed.

  • Confusion between directional words, e.g. up/down, in/out, left and right

  • Has difficulty telling left from right, order of days of the week, months of the year etc.

  • Surprises you because in other ways he/she is bright and alert.

  • Still reads inaccurately.

  • Still has difficulties in spelling.

  • Needs to have instructions and telephone numbers repeated.

  • Gets 'tied up' using long words, e.g. 'preliminary', 'philosophical'.

  • Confuses places, times, dates.

  • Has difficulty with planning and writing essays.

  • Has difficulty processing complex language or long series of instructions at speed.

  • Has poor confidence and self-esteem.

  • Has organisational difficulties


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