During Dyslexia Awareness Week we go further to recognise and support people to understand what dyslexia is, its impact on learning and what effective support can be provided. 

Did you know that dyslexia affects approximately 10% of the UK population? That’s a lot of people! That’s why it’s so important to use Dyslexia Awareness Week to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by people with dyslexia, but to also champion their potential and talents.

When is Dyslexia Awareness Week?

Dyslexia awareness week takes place in the first week of October. Dyslexia Awareness Week 2023 will take place between October 2nd and October 8th.

What is dyslexia and how can it affect people? 

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that impacts the way people read, write and spell. While people mostly think of dyslexia as a condition that affects someone’s reading and writing development, it can actually cause a number of other issues. These include: 

  • Difficulty pronouncing words

  • Difficulty with hand-eye coordination

  • Sometimes short concentration span

  • Developmental issues like crawling and walking later than other children

  • Higher risk of autoimmune conditions like hay fever and other allergies 

The most important thing to remember is that dyslexia is no reflection on someone’s intelligence. With the right support in place people with dyslexia can achieve their full potential. 

Dyslexia in children

Dyslexia in children can present a few unique challenges, but with the right support they can achieve their full potential in school and beyond. 

There are some common signs to look out for as children develop that can help identify dyslexia, such as:

  • Difficulties with reading and writing

  • Struggling to understand sequences

  • Slow development when it comes to speaking, and speaking particularly slowly

  • Forgetting words

  • Difficulties following instructions

  • Confused by letters which look similar, particularly b/d, p/g, p/q, n/u, m/w

  • Spelling the same word in many different ways when they write

  • Unusual pronunciation of words

Identifying the signs of dyslexia early can make a huge difference in a child’s educational development. Spotting the signs of dyslexia early means getting the right support in place as your child starts their academic journey.

How we support students with dyslexia

At Explore Learning we tailor our tutoring approach to support every child, whether they’re in centre or learning online. We recognise that each student has unique learning needs, and our expert tutors are provided with the training and tools they need to adapt to those needs. 

From 11 Plus exam tuition to SATs tuition, our tailored tuition is designed to support every learner. We’ll work hard to help every child reach their academic potential and have the chance to excel in school.

How recognising dyslexia early can help

Recognising the signs of dyslexia in children early can have a big impact on their academic journey. Providing children with the tools and strategies to navigate their unique challenges early on can help to limit frustration and drastically improve their confidence with learning.

Here are some of the signs of dyslexia to look for in early years:

  • Difficulty learning nursery rhymes

  • Slow speech development

  • Difficulty learning to recite the alphabet

  • Struggles to carry out more than one instruction

  • Confusion with directional words

It’s also worth keeping in mind that a family history of dyslexia or reading difficulties may mean it’s worth testing for dyslexia.

Our tuition: shaping success for our students with dyslexia

We’re ready to face the unique challenges of every learner at Explore Learning. Our tuition approach is more than just tailoring lessons, it’s about developing an understanding of every child that comes to learn with us and amplifying their individual strengths. 

We’ve seen dyslexic learners flourish under this personalised learning approach, developing confidence, skills and their passion for learning. Our professional and experienced tutors play a pivotal role in ensuring that every learner can confidently navigate their academic path and unlock the joy of learning.

The future of dyslexia support and awareness

In Dyslexia Awareness Week and beyond it’s important for us to keep supporting every child with any learning challenges they may face. At Explore Learning we’re proud to foster learning environments where every student, including children with dyslexia, can succeed on every level with their education.

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