Topic Champions – Dyslexia

Dyslexia (dis-LEK-see-uh) is a type of learning disability. A child with a learning disability has trouble processing words or numbers. There are several kinds of learning disabilities, dyslexia is the term used when people have trouble learning to read, even though they’re smart enough and want to learn.

Dyslexia is not a disease. It’s a condition someone is born with, and it often runs in families. People with dyslexia are not stupid or lazy. Most have average or above-average intelligence, and they work very hard to overcome their learning problems.

Research has shown that dyslexia happens because of the way the brain processes information. Pictures of the brain show that when people with dyslexia read, they use different parts of the brain than people without dyslexia.

These pictures also show that the brains of people with dyslexia don’t work efficiently during reading. So that’s why reading seems like such slow, hard work.

At New Heights, our ever-changing cohort means sometimes we have children join us who are either mildly at risk or strongly at risk of dyslexia. This is determined by a test that they complete on assessment before they start the school.

As part of my continued professional development I have been on a Creative education course in Dyslexia to widen my knowledge of the subject and I will give staff research on signs and strategies to help our students.

I will work with our SEND-CO to talk to our children about any concerns they may have regarding Dyslexia so they get the best help possible at New Heights.