'Dyslexia' term should be scrapped, say experts

Educational experts have said the term "dyslexia" should be scrapped because it is unscientific and lacks educational value.

Dyslexia has 'a consistent and recognisable pattern'

Symptoms of dyslexia fall into "a consistent and recognisable pattern" which can be clearly diagnosed, a spokesperson for a learning difficulty has said.

Dr John Rack, head of research, development and policy, for Dyslexia Action hit out at claims the learning difficulty, which can make reading and numeracy difficult, "lacked educational value".

We don't buy the argument that it is wasteful to try to understand the different reasons why different people struggle.

And for very many, those reasons fall into a consistent and recognisable pattern that it is helpful to call dyslexia.

Helpful for individuals because it makes sense out of past struggles and helpful for teachers who can plan the way they teach to overcome or find ways around the particular blocks that are there.

– Dr John Rack

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Parents 'woefully mislead' about 'value' of dyslexia

Parents are being "woefully mislead" about the "value" a dyslexia diagnosis will have on the life and education of their child, an expert in learning difficulties has said.

In the book The Dyslexia Debate, Professor Julian Elliott said more should be done on getting children to read rather than focusing on diagnosing them with a specific problem.

In every country, and in every language, a significant proportion of children struggle to master the skill of reading and some will continue to find it difficult throughout their childhood and into adulthood.

It is very easy for teachers to identify such children. The hardship and difficulties that typically result are often incapacitating, undermining and distressing.

Typically, we search for a diagnostic label when we encounter problems because we believe that this will point to the best form of treatment.

– Professor Julian Elliott

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'Dyslexia' term should be dropped, claim experts

The term "dyslexia" should be scrapped because it is unscientific and lacks educational value, educational experts claim in a new book.

Experts have said the term 'dyslexia' should be scrapped as it lacks value. Credit: PA Wire

In the book The Dyslexia Debate, Professor Julian Elliott, a former teacher of children with learning difficulties, said more focus should be put on helping children to read, rather than finding a label for their difficulty.

Educational experts argue that resources are being wasted putting young people through diagnostic tests because the term is too imprecise.

However, the charity Dyslexia Action insists the term still has meaning and should not be dropped.