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The Premier Dyslexia Website for Specific Learning Difficulties

Thirty Years - Yes, you read it right, I have now been helping to raise awareness of dyslexia for thirty years. I can hardly believe it. It seems to have just flown by since the first time I was told that my oldest son had a problem and it was dyslexia! Oh, my gosh the shock!

And now, it is just the same as having a tooth out! Okay, no, not the same, but you know what I mean? So many people have heard of dyslexia, but in those days, nobody had and certainly no Local Education Authority would recognise it. It was a real dirty word. It took many years before the Educational Psychologists were happy to put 'Dyslexia' on the forms that were needed for the schools, to enable the student to get extra help. In fairness this was not always of their own making; this was often due to pressure put on them from the people working for the Education Authorities themselves who certainly didn't want to see Dyslexia put on the forms, today this is not such a problem. Although, this is now a problem with other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's), such as Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia etc., it remains to be seen how long this will take to change and become the norm! Hopefully, not as many years as dyslexia took!



12th to 31st october website being updated

Please accept our apologies, but the Website will be having a major overhaul and will have some pages unavailable during the next few weeks. Whilst this will cause inconvenience, it will be worth it once it has all been completed.

We can assure you once we get over this difficult period, we will try and continue for another 30 years providing you with a wealth of good quality information covering a wide range of information, on: dyslexia; dyscalculia; dysgraphia; dyspraxia; ADHD and other (SpLDs) to help as many people as possible in difficult situations overcome their difficulties.

I have been working for over 30 years in the area of dyslexia and now my husband has joined this very worthy cause. A big thank you to him for all his hard work.

I am, 'Dedicated to Raising Awareness of Dyslexia'

Maria & Chris Chivers



Dyslexia Awareness Week - 3rd - 9th October 2016

The Theme this year is: 'Identification of Dyslexia'

Infant Checklist


Adult Checklist



This site is dedicated to raising awareness of specific learning difficulties (SpLD's). It is operated by Maria Chivers who 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 properly. Dysgraphia in fact refers specifically to the inability to perform operations in handwriting. It could be described as an extreme difficulty with fine-motor skills;

Dyspraxia - It is still not certain 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; moves around constantly; has poor school performance (in contrast with his intelligence) and has disruptive behaviour may be suffering with 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.



Reinstate allowances regarding spelling for pupils with dyslexia

Thousands of dyslexic children will be marked as failures under the government's controversial new primary writing assessments. Pupils will be expected to spell almost 200 words on government wordlists if they are to reach the 'expected standard' for writing at the end of Year 6.

No allowance will be made for the tens of thousands of pupils with dyslexia.

One headteacher of a large state comprehensive school said the change would mean that a pupil who had shown a good knoledge and understanding of for example, history - but who had spelling problems due to dyslexia - could well end up with a worse grade than a good speller who had done less well on the history questions.

Please go to the website and sign the petition. Share with your friends. Most people are not aware of this.

website and sign the petition


Dyslexia Conferences / Courses etc


Dyslexia Awareness Week - 3rd - 9th October 2016
Dyslexia: Raising Achievement Conference - 5th November 2016
NSEND Conference, The Power of Partnership, Annual Conference - 17th November 2016

Dyslexia: The 11th BDA International Conference (IDA) - 2017 (no date released yet)




Dyslexia & SpLD's News


12/10/16 - PANTS with Pantosaurus - NSPCC - Keeping your children safe.
12/10/16 - Ditch your keyboard. With DRAGON, you just talk your ideas and it types it on the page for you. Yes, it's that easy!

12/10/16 - What is Dysgraphia?
12/10/16 - What is Dyscalculia?
12/10/16 - What is Dyslexia?
12/10/16 - What is Dyspraxia?
12/10/16 - What is ADHD?

12/10/16 - An estimated 10% of Chinese are Dyslexic, just imagine what it must be like when they have over 50.000 characters?
18/01/16 - National Storytelling Week - Date to be released.
- How hearing skills could be key to treating dyslexia
- Eddie Izzard is dyslexic. Or "partially dyslexic", as he puts it. "I always thought I'm dyslexic but then met somebody who is more dyslexic than me?
- Can Bullying cause Obesity & Heart Problems?
- 'If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk a sign of?' - Albert Einstein.
- Jennifer Aniston and her 20-year battle with Dyslexia
- Top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers
- Dyslexia - I’m Not Marking This Mess, I can see his face ready to blow (poem below)
- Dyslexia - is Worst for Me (poem below)



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 within the website.


Poems on Dyslexia

I 'm Not Marking This Mess


I can see his face ready to blow
he shouts so the whole class will know
‘Sir, Sir I’m stuck, I need more time.’
‘I told you what to do, don’t step out of line’.

I find it hard and embarrassing with him yelling
about my reading writing and spelling.
‘Hurry up, get on with it, I’m not marking this mess’
I say, ‘I need more time, I’m doing my best’.


He tells me little kids can do better than me
‘I’ve seen better from my daughter, she’s only three
where’s your full stops and capital letters?
now go and sit down until you do better.’


It’s hard to do my work I find
I never rest, it’s always on my mind
then I get frustrated, rude and angry
because he doesn’t understand me.


By Mark (12 years),

Severely Dyslexic

Taken from: 'Dyslexia - The Inner Hurt'


NSEND Conference, Birmingham - 17th November 2016

NSEND Conference, The Power of Partnership, Annual Conference. Thursday 17th November, NEC, Birmingham. Further information, please follow: The NSEND Conference.


Dyslexia: Conference - 3rd to 9th October 2016

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

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


Dyslexia - The 11th BDA International Conference - 2017

The 11th BDA International Conference - Dates to be released.


National Storytelling Week 2017

National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages. Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly. please follow: National Storytelling Week. - Date to be released


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.

Previous work by Swindon Dyslexia Centre
Radio interviews

BBC Radio Part 1 - 30th October to 6th November 2011.

BBC Radio Part 2 - 30th October to 6th November 2011.
Maria Chivers discusses Dyslexia and other SpLD's.

Television Program

See our work at the Swindon Dyslexia Centre, on the television program at:

Learning Curve

Maria Chivers & Georgie James discuss, teaching programs, equipment and more for students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's).