Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability and is defined as “specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.” Dyslexia can be grouped into 4 broad areas: problems with reading and writing; co-ordination problems; difficulty with short term memory and mixing up letters such as “b” and “d” as well as words.
There are two types of dyslexia—acquired and developmental. Acquired dyslexia (or trauma dyslexia) is caused by a brain injury or a serious illness that has adverse effects on the functions of the brain and developmental dyslexia is associated with abnormalities both in visual and auditory processing.
Facts and statistics:
- 10% of the population are dyslexic; 4% severely so.
- Dyslexia is identified as a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010.
- Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.
- People with dyslexia are usually more creative and have a higher level of intelligence.
- Children have a 50% chance of having dyslexia if one parent has it.
- People with dyslexia use only the right side of the brain to process language.
- Dyslexia is a lifelong condition there is no cure because it is not a disease.
- Dyslexia occurs in children with all intelligence levels.
Although early intervention is better, it is never too late to get help if a person is dyslexic as programs showing multisensory structured language techniques have been proved to help adults as well as children. The Equality Act legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace.
As a provider of Occupational Health Services, Sugarman’s objective is to provide a healthy and productive workforce for their clients, which includes helping with learning, development and career growth of all employees to enhance employee engagement and cultivate trust in the workplace. Advice may be sought from Sugarman’s Occupational Health Service to assist in the management of an employee who experiences the problems that dyslexia brings.