Thursday 10th March 2016
Raising Awareness of Dyslexia and ADHD
Dyslexia is a common learning disability that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. Unlike some other learning disabilities, intelligence is not affected. The cause of dyslexia is currently unknown but it is thought to run in families. It is estimated that up to one in every ten to twenty people in the UK have some degree of dyslexia (4% of these are severely dyslexic*).
There are many signs that someone may have dyslexia, including:
- - reading and writing very slowly
- - confusing the letters in a word
- - missing out words
- - putting the letters ‘b’ and ‘d’ the wrong way round
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is aiming to influence the government to promote help for people suffering with dyslexia and to have a dyslexia-friendly society.
They want to encourage schools to be more dyslexia-friendly in order to help them reach their full potential.
In Beaconsfield High School, the learning support team is working hard to support students with dyslexia. We interviewed a dyslexic student at Beaconsfield High to see what her opinion was.
She told us, “I get loads of support! I receive help from an online programme which improves my reading, writing, memory and dictation skills. I listen to a computerised voice and spell out the words that appear on the screen. I find that doing twenty minutes a day on the programme really helps in lessons.”
Many famous inventors and scientists had dyslexia in their lifetime and they did not let their disability hold them back from achieving great and influential things. For example, Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, and Albert Einstein, who came up with the theory of relativity, both suffered from dyslexia.
Another learning disorder that affects many people is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is the most common learning disorder in the UK to date. In 2013, up to 11% of children aged 4-17 were believed to have had ADHD.** This disorder affects your behaviour and can make you seem boisterous or cause you to fidget. There is no current cure for ADHD but it can be managed by medication and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This involves talking to a professional about issues that are linked to ADHD and ways to solve them.
A common sign of ADHD is an inability to recognise other people’s needs and desires, whilst some may possess a lack of focus even when being talked to directly.
There are many famous people who have not let ADHD get in their way of being in the spotlight, including Justin Timberlake and Karina Smirnoff (a professional dancer).
*British Dyslexia Association statistics
By Lottie and Bex