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Why is it important?

In the school situation, a dyslexic child may find he or she is experiencing failure, but is not able to understand why. This frequently results in low self-esteem and a severe loss of confidence, which can lead to the child being reluctant to go to school.

If it is found that your child is dyslexic, it important not to feel that he or she is doomed to failure! There are well-developed courses of learning which can be used to bring your child up to the average level for their age in the areas they find difficulty with. Given the proper help, in most cases a dyslexic child can succeed at school at a level roughly equal to his or her classmates. Moreover, dyslexic children often have talents in other areas, which can raise their self-esteem if they receive lots of praise! Good physical co-ordination, lateral/creative thinking and artistic skills are often areas in which they may excel.

As a dyslexic child's difficulty is not visible - compared, say, to a child in a wheelchair - it often goes unrecognized by teachers. The result can be that the child is labelled as 'lazy' or 'slow' at school. However, an independent report from a dyslexia specialist can make a big difference to the school's attitude, and frequently results in extra consideration and help for the child.

Dyslexia is not a 'disease' that someone should or can be cured of. It is a type of mind, like any other, with its own particular strengths and weaknesses. We all have different talents - things we are good at and things we find hard. Dyslexic children and teenagers find spelling and getting things in the right order very hard, but also have other areas at which they excel. The important thing is to keep up their confidence!