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Dyslexia Awareness Week
14-20 October 2013

Dyslexia Awareness Week - You might be wondering: do I have dyslexia? The symptoms will differ depending on whether you're a child or younger adult - or an undiagnosed adult.

It's especially important to spot dyslexia in schools.  Children with dyslexia tend to mix up words - which might mean saying something like 'beddy tear' instead of teddy bear.  They may have trouble saying long words and learning the alphabet could be a problem.

Other signs involve not only issues with learning letter names but also with the sounds of words and letters. This means the phonological awareness is poor and they might not be able to answer a question like: 'What word would you have if you changed the 'p' sound in 'pot' to a 'h' sound?

The signs in young adults and adults will be less obvious. They might write more slowly and have problems expressing their knowledge on a subject. If you're experiencing real difficulty with spelling or find yourself trying to hide your work from others this is quite an obvious flag that something is going on.

The theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2013 has not been announced yet, but keep checking back on the official website for all the details you will need to give you some scope for what you personally want to focus on during the week!

You can also get involved by fundraising for the organisation. Need some suggestions for getting started?   The British Dyslexia Association has provided lots of ideas to help you on your way!  A car boot sale is a great one!   You know that spring clean where you find lots of miscellaneous stuff you don't know where to put?  Well gather it all together, get your friends and family to do the same and you'll be off in no time!

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