Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and
spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia include difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities and is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points (Rose, 2009).
There are a number of key underlying skills for reading and spelling, most of which respond to intensive and specific therapy. This means that children with reading and spelling difficulties CAN be helped.
At North Shore Speech Therapy, our research based literacy programs will give your child the best chance at achieving their potential. Our speech and language therapists will help you to help your child with the fundamental literacy skills such as:
• Strong links between letters and sounds
• Sound phonemic awareness:
- identifying syllables
- hearing sounds within words
- blending and segmenting
• Strategies for decoding unfamiliar words
• Spelling rules
• Application of strategies into writing
The table below outlines the developmental phases of dyslexia.
Signs of Dyslexia
Rose (2009) Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties