Many children on the autistic spectrum also have dyslexia. Dyslexia comes from the Greek meaning 'difficulty with words' and is a difference in the brain area that deals with language. Again, like dyspraxia, there is no 'only' about dyslexia - it pervades many areas of life. Interestingly, dyslexia and dyspraxia often go hand in hand and many difficulties that are present in one are also present in the other. As with a dyspraxia child, a dyslexic child may be clumsy, often tripping, have problems with tying shoe laces and ties. Overlaps are evident in so many of these 'disorders' that it really is impossible to fit each child neatly into little boxes and although that is exactly how it should be, no two people being the same, this causes problems for professionals, parents and children alike. One thing we all need to learn is that although a label is needed as a signpost in order to gain help for our unique children, they often have threads of many different parts of the colourful autistic spectrum, and intervention, especially in schools, needs to be tailored to suit our children.
Just a word about something that has helped all my children tremendously though was initially designed for those with dyslexia. My boys were visually assessed by Ian Jordan (see the Useful Websites section) who specializes in perceptual difficulties in children of all shades of the spectrum. In short, my children really are multicoloured now as they all wear different coloured lenses which help enormously with their reading, balance and coordination.
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This is a comprehensive guide covering the basics of dyslexia to a wide range of diagnostic procedures and tips to help you manage with your symptoms. These tips and tricks have been used on people with dyslexia of every varying degree and with great success. People just like yourself that suffer with adult dyslexia now feel more comfortable and relaxed in social and work situations.