SEN: Decrypting Dyslexia

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Dyslexia is one of the most significant barriers to literacy, causing distress and confusion to significant numbers of young children. Should anyone doubt the full educational implications, Walker’s summary covers some of the main points:

‘… the child may be branded “careless” or “lazy” … Yet he may make a valuable oral contribution, showing insight and a clear grasp of the concepts … He may be able to explain in graphic detail that he has just made a model aircraft carrier describing the guns, the flight deck, the radar scanning equipment but when asked to write, he is unable to express all this and so merely writes, “I made a bote.” Besides reading and spelling very badly, … he will have difficulties in … short term memory, organisation and sequencing … he is unable to recite the days of the week.’

Graphic designer Daniel Britton, who also suffers from dyslexia, designed his own font to simulate the frustrating experience for those trying to read, in order to better inform those unaffected, explaining:
‘For most people with dyslexia, the letters and numbers do not jump around on the page and the colours remain the same … You can see the information, you can see each letter perfectly but there is something in your mind that is stopping or slowing the process of information.’

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