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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.




Dyslexia & SpLD's News


08/02/15 - Dyslexia Awareness Week is: 5th to the 11th October 2015.
03/02/15 - 'If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk a sign of?' - Albert Einstein.
15/05/15 - What is Dysgraphia?
15/05/15 - What is Dyscalculia?
15/05/15 - What is Dyslexia?
15/05/15 - What is Dyspraxia?
15/05/15 - What is ADHD?
22/01/15 - Top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers
22/01/15 - Jennifer Aniston and her 20-year battle with Dyslexia
20/01/15 - What is Dysgraphia?
20/01/15 - What is Dyscalculia?
20/01/15 - What is Dyslexia?
20/01/15 - What is Dyspraxia?
20/01/15 - What is ADHD?
20/01/15 - Ditch your keyboard. With DRAGON, you just talk your ideas and it types it on the page for you. Yes, it's that easy!
08/11/14 - The 44 Phonemes in English, their sounds and common spellings. It is important that all children understand these, not just people with dyslexia or dysgraphia. (Parent's don't worry about the word Phonemes, just look at the page, its easy to understand.
08/11/14 - Supporting students with dyslexia: tips, tricks and tech for teachers
08/11/14 - A new 'Typeface' called 'Dyslexie' for dyslexics
08/11/14 - Dyslexia ‘seen in brain scans’ of pre-school children

20/10/13 - Dyslexia - I believe brain training can help dyslexia
18/10/13 - Dyslexia - I’m Not Marking This Mess, I can see his face ready to blow (full poem below)
17/10/13 - Dyslexia is Britain's secret weapon in the spy war
17/10/13 - 'Not the same bedtime story again!!' 'Why?'
08/10/13 - England’s young adults trail world in literacy and maths
27/09/13 - Dyslexia - TES, Special Needs, London, Exhibition, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th October 2013
25/09/13 - Music - Moving to the rhythm 'can help language skills'
25/09/13 - 'Afternoon naps' aid children's learning
16/09/13 - Supporting students with dyslexia: tips, tricks and tech for teachers
05/09/13 - A new 'Typeface' called 'Dyslexie' for dyslexics
05/09/13 - Dyslexia ‘seen in brain scans’ of pre-school children


Older News Items

Dyslexia Poem, by Mark, 12 years.


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),

Severely Dyslexic



Dyslexia Conference - Friday 1st May 2015

Dyslexia - Improving Outcomes Conference

This one-day conference is aimed at professionals, teachers and those interested at improving the outcome for those with dyslexia.

Kensington, London, UK.

To book, please follow this link.


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



Radio interviews

Interview on Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and other SpLD's on:

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