The difficulties of dyslexia
Dyslexia is a neurological difficulty affecting information processing. It is often noted as difficulties with learning to read or write but also affects skills such as memory processing and organisation. Without the right support, children who have Dyslexia may struggle in lessons and find it increasingly hard to succeed. For many, this can lead to a lack of engagement and enjoyment of school, as well as difficulties in learning and subsequently, later life.
Early identification is key
We must identify Dyslexic children early in schools so that we do not ‘lose’ them, can get the right support for them and ensure they can succeed. After all, these children are the Albert Einsteins and Richard Bransons of the future!
Schools need to work hard on the diagnostic packages they can offer to allow teachers to implement the necessary (and often simple) solutions of support that can make the difference. Whilst there are specific routes for a Dyslexia diagnosis, by identifying children at risk and acting early, we can implement change.
The right support
Once a child is identified as Dyslexic, or even at the risk of Dyslexia, there is a wealth of simple support that can be put into place. Changes such as different fonts, different coloured paper, individual handouts, not asking children to copy and using multisensory methods of teaching can make all the difference. Some children may also, of course, require specific interventions to be put in place to help them progress in their learning.
How Lexplore can help
Lexplore gives a clear view of reading. It is a unique diagnostic tool, based on over 30 years of research, that utilises AI technology to quickly determine a child’s exact reading attainment.
Lexplore takes around 5 minutes per child and is completely objective. It will identify children across five levels of reading and give you a wealth of information about that child’s individual needs, as well as recommendations to support further learning. Whilst it does not diagnose Dyslexia, it can certainly help identify those children at risk, enabling staff to get the right support early and know whether to pursue a formal diagnosis.
In addition, as part of its package, Lexplore has just launched Lexplore Intensive – its very own comprehensive intervention to support readers across the five levels.