It’s Me adds to the debate about the prevalence of dyslexia in boys and girls; a subject I touched on here.

Children’s author Lari Don [based in Leith] has been commissioned by Barrington Stoke, who specialise in publishing books for dyslexic readers, to write a story specifically for girls. At present, most literature designed to help young people with dyslexia is aimed at boys as it was previously thought that they were three times more likely to be dyslexic than girls.

However, new evidence shows girls are just more likely to cope better with dyslexia, meaning their symptoms can go unnoticed for years before they receive specialist tuition. Ms Don was tasked with writing a book to capture the imaginations of girls who struggle with reading, and she decided to tell the tale of an adventurous mythical heroine, the Sumerian goddess Inanna..

Currently literature for children with dyslexia is aimed at boys.  This is because previous it was thought that boys are three times more likely to be dyslexic than girls.

Yet new evidence shows that girls just have better strategies to cope with dyslexia, meaning their symptoms can go unnoticed.

It is unfortunate that the evidence referred to isn’t cited but it makes absolute sense to me.

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