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Dyslexia is a specific learning difference usually characterized by slower than usual speed of processing and challenges with reading and writing. 

Strengths can include 

  • creative thinking

  • strong visual and spatial skills

  • holistic thinking

  • pattern recognition

  • resilience

  • problem-solving abilities

  • an entrepreneurial spirit

  • interpersonal skills

  • creative expression

  • strong verbal communication

  • innovation potential

  • determination in sports 

Key challenges can include

  • accurate and fluent word recognition

  • spelling and decoding abilities

  • sound processing

  • word recognition

  • spelling

  • reading comprehension

  • slow and laboured reading

  • quick but inattentive reading

  • difficulty with sight words

  • poor vocabulary

  • accurate and fluent word recognition

  • letter reversals

  • sequencing

  • and working memory limitations

Effective measures can include acknowledging  strengths and challenges while promoting self-confidence, independence, and providing relevant strategies.

Lived experiences

We have gathered some examples of neurodivergent people's experiences and needs and how we can help support them.


Click on the box and then on each tab in turn. 

Please note: strengths and weaknesses are not gender specific.

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I'm Dyslexic

My name is Anna. I had a late diagnosis and I'm still in the process of adjusting.

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I'm Dyslexic

My name is Ben. I've always hated reading and writing and avoided it wherever I could. I dropped out of education at 16, but now I would like to go back to college. 

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