2 paintings donated to the group by a local artist.

2 paintings donated to the group by a local artist.

The first shows a girl who is shy, withdrawn and lacking in confidence and self-esteem. In the second picture, her demeanour has completely changed into a confident and most importantly happy child after receiving the right help.

Dyslexia is one of the largest hidden disability groups in the country. In fact, it affects between 10% to 15% of the population.

Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. Dyslexics have many wonderful qualities and are generally visual thinkers and problem solvers. They can also be very creative, having wonderful imaginations and are often great with computers.

They process information in a different way to non-dyslexics and may have problems with reading, spelling, writing, memory and concentration. Each dyslexic person has their own unique set of difficulties.

Some go on to do great things in their lives thanks to their dyslexia: Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Richard Branson, Eddie Izzard, Carol Vordeman, Jamie Oliver, Kara Tointon (Eastenders actress) and Sir Steve Redgrave.

Others however, fall by the wayside, self-esteem is low, they have been told that they are lazy or stupid because they have been misunderstood, and may suffer from the affects of this throughout their lives.

Accessing help and developing strategies to overcome their difficulties is the key for dyslexic individuals at any age. Early identification and provision is vital. Looking to the future we would hope that all children could be screened before they start to underachieve.

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