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Speech, language and communication skills are vital for all children to reach their full potential. They are essential for learning (understanding and responding), behaviour (learning and following rules / understanding consequences), social development (making and maintaining friendships and relationships) and emotional development (confidence, self-esteem, resilience, empathy).
Dyslexia is a learning difference which affects approximately 10% of the population.
In 2009, Sir Jim Rose’s report on ‘Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties’ gave the following definition of dyslexia:
- ‘Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
- Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.
- Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.
- It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points.
- Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia.
Sensory processing involves our ability to receive and interpret incoming stimuli (through our senses). It is estimated that around one in five people have significant difficulties in this area, and can seek additional sensory input, or take measures to avoid it.