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".
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.
The term "dyslexia" should be scrapped because it is unscientific and lacks educational value, educational experts claim in a new book.
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.
The Dyslexia Action charity is calling on the Government to introduce a national strategy to cope with the 1.2 million children thought to be dyslexic. They say dyslexia should become part of teacher training and more information should be given to help identify those youngsters who need help.
Almost 60% of parents with dyslexic children say they've suffered a negative experience at school, according to a new survey. The report by Dyslexia Action calls for a national strategy to help children with the condition, including specialist training for teachers.
The report reveals:
- 57% of parents said their children suffered a negative experience at school
- 53% said their child sometimes did not want to go to school
- 47% said their children had been bullied or picked on
- 38% said their children believed no one at school listened to them or understood their problem
The Dyslexia Action charity says the Government needs to act to end the suffering and sense of failure felt by too many dyslexic children at school.
12-year-old Stacey Hampstead told ITV1's Daybreak she used to hate going to school and couldn't understand why she wasn't able to do the same work as her classmates. She says if she had been helped earlier it would have made a huge difference to her ability to spell and read books.
Writing in medical journal, The Lancet, American researchers say despite the identification of six genes that contribute to the disorder, very little is known about how they contribute to it. They add:
- About 7% of the population is dyslexic
- Boys are about twice as likely to have dyslexia as girls
- Dyslexia was originally believed to involve problems with visual processing
- New evidence suggests the underlying issue involves difficulty with how sounds in language are heard
A report in the medical journal The Lancet says despite advances in the last five years, not enough is being done to understand the causes of dyslexia. It says:
- Most children are only diagnosed after they have experienced serious difficulties in school
- Diagnosis can come at time when it is much harder for children to master new skills
- Doctors should not wait until children are formally diagnosed before offering treatment