Professor warns against label of dyslexia

An academic at Durham University said the term "dyslexia" is unscientific and should be abandoned. It is estimated that 5-10% of people are dyslexic, which affects their ability to read.

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Professor says the term dyslexia is unscientific and should be abandoned

Getting a diagnosis of dyslexia is often seen as the solution to the problems experienced by those with struggle in areas such as reading, writing an learning.

But now an expert in physiology and education from Durham University says the term 'dyslexia' should be abandoned.

Professor Julian Elliott says some people have learning difficulties but says 'dyslexia' is used to describe many problems which may not need the same treatment.

He has outlined his ideas in a new book which some see as controversial.

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