SpLD Support

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What does 'SpLD' stand for?

Answer: Specific Learning Difficulties. The term 'dyslexia' is more widely recognised, but may be misleading because its Greek roots suggest that it is concerned only with a difficulty with words and reading.

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Question: What is 'dyslexia'?

Answer: Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that is to do with the way language is processed. The most obvious and persistent difficulties are with reading, writing and memory. In almost every circumstance personal organisation will be poor.

Many dyslexic people have significant strengths in other areas, such as spatial skills, building and making, oral language and sport.

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Question: Is there a cure for dyslexia?

Answer: Evidence strongly suggests that dyslexia has a biological basis. A cure is unlikely.

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Question: What can be done if a child has dyslexia?

Answer: With adapted teaching after diagnosis, dyslexic learners of all ages can be helped to master the language, memory and organisational skills they require for academic learning. Dyslexic learners can, with understanding and help, lead happy and fulfilled lives.

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Question: If my child has specific learning difficulties, how can I help?

Answer: Keep in touch with your child's teacher. Try to make learning fun. Use all the senses - use movement, speech and hearing as well as visual cues. Focus on successes.

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Question: Is there a dyslexia support group on the Isle of Wight?

Answer: Yes - the Isle of Wight Dyslexia Association runs a support group - you can contact them on 01983 753341.

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