What is Dyslexia?


DYSLEXIA – A common learning difference.

The word “dyslexia” is a Greek word meaning ‘difficulty with words’.

Until recently, dyslexia was referred to as a learning ‘difficulty’.  Not anymore. The more we learn about dyslexia, the more we appreciate its positive aspects.  Time and again, those born with dyslexia, seem to be extraordinarily able, in so many creative ways.  So today, we often talk of dyslexia as being a learning ‘difference’.



Around 10% of the UKs population are dyslexic.*

4% of the population have a strong dyslexic difference.*

70-80% of people who have reading difficulties have dyslexia.

*Figures from the British Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia takes many forms.  We define it as a learning difference that affects literacy skills – writing, reading, and spelling.

Dyslexia can also be characterised by weaknesses in short-term memory, organisational skills, the ability to concentrate and process the sounds in words.  If you are wondering “am I dyslexic?” download the dyslexia diagnostics checklist below for a list of common traits.


Get the checklist for adults & children to help you learn about the common traits of dyslexia.