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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


15/03/14 - Ditch your keyboard. With DRAGON, you just talk your ideas and it types it on the page for you. Yes, it's that easy!

15/03/14 - What is ADHD?
15/03/14 - What is Dysgraphia?
15/03/14 - What is Dyscalculia?
15/03/14 - What is Dyslexia?

20/10/13 - Dyslexia - I believe brain training can help dyslexiaI 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


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



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BBC Radio Part 1 - 30th October to 6th November 2011.

BBC Radio Part 2 - 30th October to 6th November 2011.