This is a type of learning difficulty that affects the skills involved in the reading, writing and spelling of words.
Dyslexia and intelligence
Even though dyslexia is classed as a learning difficulty, there is no connection between dyslexia and a child's intelligence. Children of all abilities can be affected by dyslexia.
How common is dyslexia
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning difficulties. It is estimated that 4% to 8% of all schoolchildren in England have some degree of dyslexia.
Dyslexia is more common in boys than in girls.
It can be difficult to diagnose dyslexia in young children as the signs may not always be obvious. If you are concerned that your child may have dyslexia, the first step is to speak to their class teacher, or other staff at their school.
Alan D Box Opticians and dyslexia screening
If you have been diagnosed with dyslexia, it is always best to have an up to date eye test and any spectacles you require before having any further tests. An appointment will be made to check the dyslexia using cerium overlays, and this test will take about 20 minutes. Cerium overlays are thin sheets of coloured plastic, and can be used singly or in twos.