My child may be dyslexic. What happens now?

A diagnosis of possible dyslexia might have come as a complete shock to you or you might have realised that for their age your child's reading and writing was not progressing as well you would expect.

In simple terms it will mean that your child could have more difficulty acquiring literacy skills than a non dyslexic child, and will require structured multi-sensory teaching in order to reach their potential.

Do not panic, however, remember your child will have strengths as well as difficulties and with the right support they should flourish. There are many very successful dyslexic people, Richard Branson, Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom, Sir Winston Churchill to name a few.

        Richard Branston          Tom Cruise        Orlando Bloom         Sir Winston Churchill                                                  

Most children with special educational needs, including those with dyslexia, can have their needs met in a mainstream school.

At school the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) should create an Individual Education Plan, setting out the steps which the school will take to provide appropriate support for your child’s needs.

If you can afford it you might want to consider getting specialist private tuition, to ensure that the support your child needs can start as soon as possible.