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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


National Storytelling Week

Dyslexia: Raising Achievement Conference

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia: The 10th BDA International Conference




Dyslexia & SpLD's News

18/01/16 - National Storytelling Week Saturday 30th January to Saturday February 6th.
18/01/16 - What is Dysgraphia?
18/01/16 - What is Dyscalculia?
18/01/16 - What is Dyslexia?
18/01/16 - What is Dyspraxia?
18/01/16 - What is ADHD?
09/06/15 - How hearing skills could be key to treating dyslexia
10/06/15 - 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?
09/06/15 - Can Bullying cause Obesity & Heart Problems?
03/06/15 - Artistic! - why not enter a competition to design a logo for DAN?
03/06/15 - Dyslexia Awareness Week is: 5th to the 11th October 2015.
03/06/15 - 'If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk a sign of?' - Albert Einstein.
03/06/15 - Ditch your keyboard. With DRAGON, you just talk your ideas and it types it on the page for you. Yes, it's that easy!
03/06/15 - Are you being Bullied? No someone who is? Brilliant new site - help & support at: The Site
03/06/15 - What is Dysgraphia?
03/06/15 - What is Dyscalculia?
03/06/15 - What is Dyslexia?
03/06/15 - What is Dyspraxia?
03/06/15 - What is ADHD?
03/06/15 - Jennifer Aniston and her 20-year battle with Dyslexia
22/01/15 - Top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers

01/01/15 - Dyslexia - I’m Not Marking This Mess, I can see his face ready to blow (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

I’m Not Marking This Mess
By Mark (12 years)
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 years),

Severely Dyslexic

Taken from: 'Dyslexia - The Inner Hurt'


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: raising achievement Conference - Thursday 5th november 2015

The BDA is committed to raising achievement for dyslexic people both adults and children, and this conference will explore the various ways that this can be obtained.

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


Dyslexia Awareness Week - 2015

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2015 is: Monday 5th to Sunday 11th October in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland it is: will be held from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th November.

'Making Sense of Dyslexia' is this years theme and will look at how much of an impact the right support and interventions now can have on the future for people with dyslexia.

For 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).