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Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent reading and spelling.
There is a growing body of evidence about the serious short and long‑term effects of dyslexia. Young children with dyslexia tend to gain less pleasure from reading, and so read less. These children’s overall educational development is often delayed because of the need for reading and writing and spelling skills throughout schooling. Academic failure and a lack of qualifications often impacts on the occupational choices and opportunities in adulthood.
While some individuals develop coping strategies and/or overcome their difficulties, many become disaffected and disengage from education. A recent UK report estimates that dyslexia may significantly affect between 4% and 8% of children. There are a number of influences that predict better and poorer long term outcomes:
Things that influence better outcomes
High quality intervention
Strong oral language skills
Ability to maintain attention
Good family/carer support
Problems which may cause poorer outcomes:
Severity of phonological problems
Auditory processing disorder
Slow speed of processing
Lack of compensatory resources
Co-occurring learning difficulties
Late recognition and intervention
Auditory processing problems
Auditory processing disorder (also known as APD, central auditory processing disorder or CAPD) is a condition that makes it hard for kids to recognize subtle differences between sounds in words. It affects their ability to process what other people are saying.
Signs and Symptoms of an Auditory Processing Disorder
Auditory processing disorder... Or language disorder. Which does your child really have? You need to know, so you can treat effectively.
The answer is... Probably BOTH! Studies indicate that auditory processing and language are so interconnected that it's hard to tease them out. Assessing for and treating both is recommended!