Dyslexia Awareness

What is dyslexia?

(BDA) The word 'dyslexia' comes from the Greek and means 'difficulty with words'.


Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills.

It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing (knowing letter sounds and speed of processing), memory, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities (brain-based skills and mental processes that are needed to carry out any task).

Difficulties and Strengths

Possible difficulties:

  • Reading hesitantly
  • Misreading, making understanding difficult
  • Difficulty with sequences, e.g. getting dates in order
  • Poor organisation or time management
  • Difficulty organising thoughts clearly
  • Erratic spelling.

 Possible strengths:

  • Innovative thinkers
  • Excellent trouble shooters
  • Intuitive problem solving
  • Creative in many different ways
  • Lateral thinkers

Our good practice at Meridian was recognised in July 2013 when we were awarded the Dyslexia Friendly Mark. We are committed to promoting an inclusive environment where ALL children are able to succeed