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The Premier Dyslexia Website for Specific Learning Difficulties

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.


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

Dyslexia is Worst for Me
Jenna (8 years of age)

Dyslexia is worst for me.
Oh it is.
It makes it a hard life.
It’s not that I’m saying I’m backwards or –
Dumb I’ve just got Dyslexia and that make
raeding, spelling.

By Jenna (8 years),
Dyslexic

Taken from: Dyslexia – The Inner Hurt


Dyslexia: Inclusive Technology are running a FREE Information Day in Cardiff on the 15th March 2017

This Information Day will be focusing on Assistive Technology for the Special Classroom.

For more information about this free day or to book your free place visit our website: Inclusive Technology.


Dyslexia: Enabling Success for Adults –  28th April 2017

The BDA is committed to raising achievement for dyslexic people both adults and children. This course is Enabling Success for Adults.

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


Dyslexia: Conference –  2nd to 8th October 2017

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 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).


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, 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.


 

urgent

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.