What is Dyslexia?

Manx Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia literally means ‘Difficulty with words’ – ‘Dys’ = difficulty, ‘lexia’ = words.

Current research suggests that up to 20% of the population have a dyslexic brain. The dyslexic brain learns in a different way to the non-dyslexic brain, and this difference makes it much more difficult for the dyslexic individual to establish fluent word identification and spelling skills.

There is nothing wrong with the dyslexic brain – and so there is nothing to ‘fix’ or to make better. Rather, the dyslexic individual needs to learn how to get around the barriers to learning that dyslexia creates. When the barriers to learning are removed, the dyslexic learner is free to reach his or her potential within the text-based learning environment present in our schools.

Is this your child?

Throughout their school careers a dyslexic child may:

Pre-school children may have:

Primary school children may have:

A young person at secondary school may:

Famous Dyslexics

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon