Dyslexia is a specific learning disabilitythat is neurological in origin.

It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Symptoms can include difficulty in phonological processing, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic.

Although dyslexia is lifelong, individuals with dyslexia frequently respond successfully to timely and appropriate interventions.

It is not the result of poor motivation, emotional disturbance, sensory impairment or lack of opportunities, but may occur alongside with any of these.

The effects of dyslexia can be largely overcome by skilled specialist teaching and the use of compensatory strategies.

Research-based Definitions of Dyslexia