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Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects reading and spelling. It occurs when the brain is unable to translate written words into meaningful language. Dyslexia is sometimes also called “specific reading disability”.

Dyslexia affects between 3 and 10 percent of the population and is the most common learning disability in children. People with dyslexia are born with it and often have other family members with the condition. Individuals with dyslexia can learn and be productive, however they may learn in different ways. Often people with dyslexia have average or above average IQ.

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Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty (SLD) in which the person has difficulties with language and words.

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Brain Foundation | Dyslexia

Dyslexia Dyslexia Read more at Virtual Medical Centre Description Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects approximately 10 per cent of the population

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Dyslexia is a language problem that affects many people. Find out about the symptoms, causes and how to help.

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Dyslexia in children and teenagers | Raising Children Network

Dyslexia is a learning disability. Children with dyslexia have trouble with reading. If your child has dyslexia, support can help him achieve and succeed.

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Dyslexia (childhood learning disability) information | myVMC

Dyslexia or developmental reading disorder is a common reading disability. Dyslexic children are unable to process and interpret symbols like letters.

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Teen Health - Health Topics - Dyslexia - what is it?

Dyslexia literally means having trouble with reading, but the word is often used for other problems such as spelling problems or trouble with maths.

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