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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 Conferences / Courses etc


Dyslexia: Parent and Child Conference - 7th May 2016
BDA - Maths and Dyslexia: Holiday Inn, London - 19th May 2016
Dyslexia: Raising Achievement Conference - 5th November 2016

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia: The 10th BDA International Conference - 10th - 12th March 2016




Dyslexia & SpLD's News


3/03/16 - An estimated 10% of Chinese are Dyslexic, just imagine what it must be like when they have over 50.000 characters?
13/03/16 - Ditch your keyboard. With DRAGON, you just talk your ideas and it types it on the page for you. Yes, it's that easy!
13/04/16 - What is Dysgraphia?
13/04/16 - What is Dyscalculia?
13/04/16 - What is Dyslexia?
13/04/16 - What is Dyspraxia?
13/04/16 - What is ADHD?
18/01/16 - National Storytelling Week Saturday 30th January to Saturday February 6th.
- How hearing skills could be key to treating dyslexia
- Eddie Izzard is dyslexic. Or "partially dyslexic", as he puts it. "I always thought I'm dyslexic but then met somebody who is more dyslexic than me?
- Can Bullying cause Obesity & Heart Problems?
- 'If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk a sign of?' - Albert Einstein.
- Jennifer Aniston and her 20-year battle with Dyslexia
- Top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers
- Dyslexia - I’m Not Marking This Mess, I can see his face ready to blow (poem below)
- Dyslexia - is Worst for Me (poem below)


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

Dyslexia is Worst for Me
Jenna (8 years of age)


Dyslexia is worst for me.
Oh it is.
It makes it a hard life.
It’s not that I’m saying I’m backwards or –
Dumb I’ve just got Dyslexia and that make
raeding, spelling.


By Jenna (8 years),


Taken from: 'Dyslexia - The Inner Hurt'


Dyslexia: Parent and Child Workshop - Saturday 7th May 2016

For Dyslexics at home or at school. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.


Maths and Dyslexia Conference: Saturday 19th May 2016

British Dyslexia Association (BDA). Unique one day Maths conference with some of the leading experts in the field. Holiday Inn, Brentford Lock, London.

Pease email: BDA Maths conference.

National Storytelling Week - Saturday 30th January to Saturday 6th February 2016

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.


Dyslexia: Conference - 3rd to 9th October 2016

The BDA is committed to raising achievement for dyslexic people both adults and children.

Further information, please follow: The British Dyslexia Association (BDA).


Dyslexia - The 10th BDA International Conference - 2016

The 10th BDA International Conference will take place from March 10-12, 2016,

at The King's Centre, Oxford.

Tickets are now available at a special Early Bird rate, which finishes on October 31, 2015. To buy your ticket now, please visit, the International Conference website.


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



Previous work by Swindon Dyslexia Centre
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

Maria Chivers & Georgie James discuss, teaching programs, equipment and more for students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's).