What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a disorder which is characterised by a persistent problem with learning and/or accurately applying writing, reading and spelling. Dyslexia is not a result of low intelligence. It has an hereditary aspect and does not affect everyone in the same way. Dyslexia will not pass, it is a lifelong condition. It is the most common disability among the students of a higher education.
- Automation problems
- The problem is persistent
- Despite extra help the problem will not go away
- The level of restrictions varies. Not only will students with dyslexia require extra time, but also require more energy for studying literature and taking notes, writing assignments and thesis.
- People with dyslexia are often creative, graphic or logical thinkers.
- Having encountered negative experiences in education, a person with dyslexia often has a fear of failure or has a lack of self-confidence.
- Difficulties with reading and spelling
- Jargon and certain terminology take longer to learn and are often misspelled.
- Extra time is required for assessments and examinations.
- Written presentations are often of poorer quality than expected, owing to performances and efforts in projects and in the class (spelling mistakes, muddled structure, incorrect context)
- Difficulty in writing in a foreign language
- Difficulty in combining tasks (listening and taking notes)
- Concentration problems, with reading and writing in particular
- Problems with planning and organising
- Difficulty in performing under pressure
- Lack of self-confidence and fear of failure
- Poor co-ordination, difficult and poor handwriting