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About Dyslexia

At Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia, we believe in a dyslexic friendly society, that enables every neuro-diverse person of all ages to reach their full potential.

What is Dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is identified as a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010. Many of the dyslexic people across the UK, whether adults or children, are unable to fulfil their potential as a large percentage of the population still do not understand what dyslexia is, the difficulties which the condition presents and do not know how best to support them. Dyslexia is not an obvious difficulty; it is hidden. As a result, dyslexia people have to overcome numerous barriers to make a full contribution to society.

Signs of Dyslexia

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Signs of dyslexia usually become more obvious when children start school and begin to focus more on learning how to read and write. Some signs of dyslexia in children aged 5 to 12 are:

  • problems learning the names and sounds of letters
  • spelling that is unpredictable and inconsistent
  • putting letters and figures the wrong way round (such as writing “6” instead of “9”, or “b” instead of “d”)
  • confusing the order of letters in words
  • reading slowly or making errors when reading aloud
  • visual disturbances when reading (for example, a child may describe letters and words as seeming to move around or appear blurred)
  • answering questions well orally, but having difficulty writing the answer down
  • difficulty carrying out a sequence of directions
  • struggling to learn sequences, such as days of the week or the alphabet
  • slow writing speed
  • poor handwriting
  • problems copying written language and taking longer than normal to complete written work

Teenagers and adults

As well as the problems mentioned above, the symptoms of dyslexia in older children and adults can include:

  • poorly organised written work that lacks expression (for example, even though they may be very knowledgeable about a certain subject, they may have problems expressing that knowledge in writing)
  • difficulty planning and writing essays, letters or reports
  • difficulties revising for examinations
  • trying to avoid reading and writing whenever possible
  • difficulty taking notes or copying
  • poor spelling
  • struggling to remember things such as a PIN or telephone number
  • struggling to meet deadlines

Getting help

If you’re concerned about your child’s progress with reading and writing, first talk to their teacher. If you or your child’s teacher has an ongoing concern, do consider having their vision and hearing checked to see if there are any underlying problems. An assessment by a specialist teacher could then be carried out and different teaching methods may need to be tried. More information can be found on the BDA website.

Don’t hesitate to contact our Helpliners if you have any questions or concerns.

What we do

General Support & Helpline

We operate a helpline service run by volunteers. Please be considerate when calling, some helpliners are very busy and some have full time jobs but give what time they can to help take phone calls.

Pat: 01977 684 357 | Sue: 0113 240 1402 or 07762 096669

Assessments, Tutoring & Webinars

We arrange conferences, webinars and seminars on a regular basis covering topics which are of interest to both parents, teachers, tutors and Learning Support Staff.

Touch Typing for Dyslexics & YRD Typing Club

Typing by touch could be one of the most valuable skills your Dyslexic child will ever learn, changing written work forever. YRD Typing Club offers touch typing for children + 8 years old, based at Fulneck School, Fulneck in Pudsey, run by volunteers. It offers weekly lessons and home practice is encouraged.

Our Events

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Have a look at our calendar that displays all our future events, webinars and other interesting things which are happening.


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British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. They aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Parenting Dyslexia with John Hicks

Support for families touched by dyslexia.

SEND Group - Webinars

The SEND Group thrives to support all people by offering webinars, training and consultancy to the education community. We have a wide network of contacts across the whole of the education sector.

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At Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia, we believe in a dyslexic friendly society, that enables every neuro-diverse person of all ages to reach their full potential.