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The Premier Dyslexia Website for Specific Learning Difficulties

This site is dedicated to raising awareness of specific learning difficulties (SpLDs). 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

I’m Not Marking This Mess

Mark (12 years of age)

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.

Taken from:  Dyslexia – The Inner Hurt


Dyslexia Awareness Week –  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).

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.

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 2018

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.

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 knowledge 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.