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The Premier Dyslexia Website for Specific Learning Difficulties


I have dedicated this site to raising awareness of dyslexia & other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). Maria Chives and her husband Chris up-dates the website on a regular basis.  Maria Chivers is an international author on Dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

We specialise in providing information on:

Dyslexia – Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLDs), to describe a “very great difficulty in interpreting written or printed symbols.”

Dyscalculia – Like dyslexia, dyscalculia can be caused by a visual perceptual deficit. Dyscalculia refers specifically to the inability to perform operations in mathematics or arithmetic. It could be described as an extreme difficulty with numbers.

Dysgraphia – Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder, dysgraphia symptoms are characterised by the inability to write correctly. Dysgraphia, in fact, refers specifically to the failure to perform operations in handwriting. It could be described as an extreme difficulty with fine-motor skills.

Dyspraxia – It is still not sure what causes dyspraxia, but it is thought to be due to an immaturity of neurone development in the brain. Students with dyspraxia may have difficulties with the simplest of tasks.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A child who can’t concentrate; continually moves around; has poor school performance (in contrast with his intelligence) and has disruptive behaviour may be suffering from ADHD.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NvLD) – is a neurological syndrome consisting of specific assets and deficits. The assets include early speech and vocabulary development, remarkable rote memory skills.

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD); Speech and Language Therapy; Giftedness and Left-Handers.

News Archive

The news archive for Dyslexia A2Z can be found at News Archive. Here you will find previous articles which have appeared on our Homepage as well as other items which have previously appeared on the website.

This Week’s Poem on Dyslexia


I Have Problems with Maths

I am dyscalculic

This means I have problems with numbers,

Have problems reading questions,

Don’t understand symbols.

I particularly don’t like maths, I feel upset

When I get a question wrong and I find it hard.


The only way I can understand is if they show me on paper.

Then I can remember it.

But once I understand I can do it.

My tables come and go, if I learn my 7’s I forget my 6’s.

I really get frustrated. The tests are hard:

My problems make them harder.


Sometimes I get really nervous

When my friends ask where I go on Wednesdays,

I don’t like to tell them going to the Dyslexia Centre.

I know they’d make fun of me.

But my mum is very pleased, with all I’ve learned,

And this makes me feel happy inside.


Sara (13 years of age)

These poems have been taken from  Dyslexia – The Inner Hurt

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s) – Thursday 23rd November 2017

This conference will focus on literacy learning and encouraging access to the curriculum and will give an overview of key issues and challenges around Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Speech.Further information, please follow The British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

National Storytelling Week – Jan 27th to 3rd February 2018

Over the past 24 years, The Society For Storytelling has achieved much in its mission for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.

Further information, please follow: The Society For Storytelling.

Dyslexia – The 12th BDA International Conference – 12th April 2018

The 12th BDA International Conference – Thursday 12th April 2018.

Further information, please follow The British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Dyslexia Awareness Week  – 2nd – 8th October 2018

The BDA is committed to raising achievement for dyslexic people both adults and children.

Further information, please follow: The British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Can ideas from complementary and alternative medicine help those struggling with dyslexia?
Maria Chivers investigates.

Alternative approaches to Dyslexia
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Magazine

Recent work by Dyslexia A2Z

Radio interviews

Interview on Dysgraphia:

BBC Wiltshire Radio – 14th June 2016. In Maria’s first interview in nearly five years, she discusses Dysgraphia with Graham Seaman.