Dyslexia Definition

The term “dyslexia” is used to describe a condition whereby someone of normal intelligence struggles to read. The precise way in which the condition is experienced varies. For example, people may have problems with spelling, reading, writing, and so forth. The severity of the condition also varies, and some people with a mild form of the condition can develop compensatory behaviors, making it harder to identify them. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the world, impacting on up to 7% of the population. It is more easily diagnosed in countries where the language is less regularly phonetic than English, posing more challenges in terms of language acquisition. However, it occurs all over the world.

Dyslexia in Children

Children sometimes show early signs of the condition, with delayed speech and difficulty telling left from right. Dyslexia signs can also co-exist with other learning disorders, such as ADHD. Often people may have the feeling that something is wrong, but are not sure what the problem is.

Dyslexia can lead to a great deal of emotional distress in young people at school, who are frustrated by the disconnect between their intelligence level and their reading abilities, and often by their relative failure to progress. If their condition is not treated adequately, distress can continue in later life, as dyslexia can cause problems in terms of work and career progression. In general, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better the educational outcome, and the lower the incidence of emotional distress related to the condition.

Everyone is different, and it is not always easy to figure out why one person has dyslexia and another doesn’t. Sometimes it is hereditary, and research indicates that there can be both genetic and environmental inputs. Dyslexia in adults may occur after suffering a stroke or trauma. Either way, the first step to treatment is a clear diagnosis, giving you the knowledge to make the necessary steps moving forward.

Dyslexia test

A number of tests can be used to identify dyslexia. These tests should be carried out by a fully qualified educational psychologist. Your psychologist will take information on a range of areas, including background information about your family and details of any occurrences of the condition or other learning disabilities, general intelligence, oral language skills, word recognition, phonological processing, and more.

Although some simple screen tests are available online, a full dyslexia assessment by a professional is necessary to reliably determine if someone has it or not, and what interventions would be appropriate for them.
With a clear diagnosis, it is possible to tailor learning strategies specific to the type of dyslexia the person displays. Furthermore, institutions in the UK, such as schools and colleges, are required to make special provision for people with a diagnosis, such as extra time to complete exam papers.

Click here to find out more about Dyslexia Assessment at The Private Therapy Clinic.

    We now offer a free telephone chat with a Therapist or Psychiatrist of your choice. This practitioner will be able to answer any questions you have and recommend the right treatment and approach for you. The chat will be about 15 minutes. .

    Skype and FaceTime sessions are now seen as being as effective as Face to Face treatment. £20 off all video call sessions (Skype or FaceTime) per session, when you book online below.


4.73 Average

137 Reviews

Very thorough and attentive

I have attended and been seen by Dr Lincht. The service I had was excellent, she was able to give me a quick call back when I requested, when I was still making inquiries and and after the appointment she made herself available to answer my concerns. I would definitely recommend your company to my friends and family. Regards Phumla

I've just started consultation with Vjosa Hyseni and my initial call and subsequent session with her have been quite insightful and helpful. Vjosa has an in depth knowledge of her field as well as very warm and calming persona which really helps when discussing very personal and sensitive issues. A very positive experience all round.

I found my therapy very interesting and informing. It helped me to acknowledge things I hadn't done before. I'm really glad that I went and believe it will help me in the future

Very helpful team, quick to respond and knowledgeable.