60seconds Sam meets Kara Tointon
Kara's not alone. The British Dyslexia Association told me 1 in 10 young people have the learning difficulty in the UK - around 1 in 4 of them is severely dyslexic.
Exactly what someone with dyslexia sees when they try to read or write varies from person to person, and depends on what level of the condition they have. But experts agree that spotting it and finding a learning technique that works is the key. So what are some of the main signs?
- Reversing letters and numbers - 'b' becomes 'd', 'p' becomes 'q' or '6' becomes '9'.
- Staring hard or squinting at the text.
- Difficulty with handwriting. Uncomfortable grip on the pen - might hold it in a fist.
- Confusing left and right, the order of week days, months of the year.
- Bad spelling.
- Problems understanding what he/she has just read.
- Poor memory and being disorganised.
- Lack of confidence and low self esteem.
If you'd like to find out more about dyslexia, here are some links:
- British Dyslexia Association - You can call their national helpline if you're worried about dyslexia.
- Dyslexia Scotland - The charity offers specialist services and advice in Scotland.
- Access to Work - If you're an adult with dyslexia, this government website outlines the help you could be entitled to at work.
- BBC Health: Dyslexia
- More about Kara Tointon: Don't Call Me Stupid
- Read the article on the Ouch! website about famous dyslexics
Kara Tointon: Don't Call Me Stupid is on tonight at 9pm.
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