Introducing Hidden Dyslexia (Non-Education Professionals UK) HD413

This course is for  non-education professionals working with children/young people with dyslexia who wish to raise their own awareness of how dyslexia can be ‘hidden’ at home and in the classroom environment. The course content will help parents to discover the impact of unrecognised dyslexia on learning, behaviour and self-esteem and explore how dyslexic difficulties are often mistaken for something else in young children and teenagers.

Section 1 Introduction

This first introductory section sets the context for the course, with links to relevant national and international initiatives for reference.

The slide presentations introduce;

  • causes of dyslexia
  • some current definitions of dyslexia
  • reasons why dyslexia is not always identified in the early years at elementary school
  • some topics explored in greater depth later in the course

Section 2 Developmental issues

This section identifies some early childhood conditions that are often part of the history of dyslexic children. Topics covered include:

  • delayed speech
  • glue ear
  • childhood asthma
  • visual/perceptual problems
  • motor difficulties
  • binocular instability
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

Section 3  Masking factors

This short section considers some of the reasons why dyslexia may not be identified at school. The main reasons that some teachers do not recognise the indications that a child may have dyslexia are reviewed:

  • links between dyslexia and self-esteem
  • dyslexia and visual and auditory processing
  • dyslexia concealed by high ability and behaviour
  • dyslexia and multilingualism