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Could your child be dyslexic?

If your child has difficulty with reading, help is at hand

Posted: 8 November 2012
by Catherine O'Dolan

If your child is having difficulty with reading, she may have a particular problem. Dyslexia affects 10 per cent of the population to varying degrees. Children with dyslexia find reading a slow and tiring chore, so it is hardly surprising that they are far from keen to pick up a book for pleasure. 

Symptoms of dyslexia include:

* Muddling up phrases, for example, saying "cobblers club" for "toddlers club"

* Poor concentration

* Leaving letters out of words or putting them in the wrong order.

If you have a family history of dyslexia or if you are concerned your child is not progressing as quickly as her peers, discuss it with her teacher, or contact the British Dyslexia Association.

 Meares-Irlen syndrome is a form of visual disturbance which is often confused with dyslexia because children complain of letters being jumbled up, 'fizzing', or falling off the page. Coloured transparent sheets of plastic laid over printed text can make a huge improvement. Research has found that 1 in 20 children in mainstream education read more than 25 percent faster with a coloured overlay. 

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