Myth 7: Dyslexia is a medical diagnosis.

Fact: Doctors do not test for dyslexia. Dyslexia is not classified as a medical problem. Doctors have no training in how to test for reading, spelling, and writing problems. And there is no medical solution (no pill or operation) for those types of academic struggles. Dyslexia is identified (NOT diagnosed as this implies a medical condition with a simple ‘cure’) in school by teachers and parents – and the child – working together to gather evidence of difficulties and responses to interventions.

Myth 8: Children outgrow dyslexia.

Fact: Dyslexia is a lifelong issue which will not go away.

Learners with dyslexia are helped by their learning needs being recognised and met within the classroom and with additional support where necessary. Although it is never too late to greatly improve their skills, early intervention is the best way to prevent or minimise any damage to their self-esteem.

Even when reading and spelling difficulties are at a reasonable level, there are likely to be issues about organisation and planning that will affect a learner with dyslexia in many aspects of life. However, along side this go many strengths that can enable people with dyslexia to develop in interesting ways that those who think more conventionally will never imagine!