Who Does Dyslexia Affect?

Dyslexia is a common condition that affects the way some people learn to read and write. It's not an illness, but it can cause reading, writing, spelling, and speaking problems. If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, you'll probably have many questions about what this means for them at school and how they will cope with their studies. 

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects the way some people read, write and spell. It's not an illness or disease, but it can make life difficult for those affected. However, there are ways to help children and adults learn to manage their condition to live independent lives.

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects how people read, write and spell. It's thought to affect around 1 in 10 children and adults. The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown, but it often appears to run in families. 

It's thought certain genes inherited from your parents might act together in a way that affects how some parts of the brain develop during early life. This means some people are born with an increased risk of developing dyslexia or related conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that affects the way people read, write and spell. It's thought to affect around 5% of the population. But many more people are affected by it indirectly because they have a close relative with dyslexia. This could be a parent, grandparent, brother, or sister, even though their reading and writing may not be affected at all.

It’s estimated that 70-80% of people with poor reading skills likely have dyslexia. One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common of language-based learning disabilities. Nearly the same percentage of males and females have dyslexia.

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Chloe Powers
Chloe works with policymakers on behalf of Disability Help to support their work at a strategic level, ensuring the conditions are in place for creative individuals and organizations to grow, reach their potential and effect relevant, sustainable change.
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