Word Swirl

Dyslexia is the most common SpLD and is believed to affect between 10% and 20% of people to some degree. It often occurs together with other learning difficulties. It is characterised by a combination of difficulties in reading, writing and spelling that affect the ability to process, store and retrieve information that makes the learning process more difficult. Accompanying disadvantages are identified in the speed of processing, problems with short-term working memory and time perception, organisation and learning sequences.


AJ-Books-2-2400pxImpact on Study:


  • Marked discrepancy between students’ ability, and their understanding/standard of work being produced
  •  Persistent or severe problems with spelling, even with easy or common work
  • Poor short term memory, especially for language-based information
  • Difficulties with organisation, classification and categorisation
  • Poor pronunciation or word finding difficulties


  • Difficulties in note-taking owing to poor short term memory and handwriting
  • Word finding difficulties may be inhibiting when talking or discussing in large groups
  • Student may struggle to reach deadlines especially owing to difficulties in the organisation or categorisation of work

Student Experiences (dyslexia)

Anika Jamieson-Cook, a final-year student of drawing at Camberwell School of Art, says her computer has been her most important tool in dealing with dyslexia, particularly in allowing her to convert e-mails to spoken words:

ibdjl95-Speech-Bubbles-1-2400px“The biggest problem is that they don’t understand it,” she says. She says they need to find out what a particular student finds difficult without being patronizing. “Sometimes people talk a lot more slowly to you, as if you were deaf.”

For more information on recognising dyslexia and support available, see: