8-12 Years

So, you've got dyslexia... what is it anyway?

Dyslexia is when someone has a different way of learning and doing things

Things like reading and writing or remembering to do things can be tricky.  At least 1 in every 10 people has dyslexia – it can be mild or quite severe.

People with dyslexia are not stupid – some of the most successful people in the world are dyslexic. Have a look at our leaflet about famous people here. They just need a bit of support to do things that other people take for granted.

Here are some things that young people with dyslexia have said:

  • Words ‘jump around’ the page when I’m reading and I lose my place
  • I’m good at speaking but find it much harder to write ideas down
  • I’m very forgetful and find it hard to organise things like projects
  • I get sore eyes, headaches and feel really tired after school
  • Copying from the board is hard
  • Sometimes I say words in the wrong order
  • It’s hard to read words that start with certain letters like ‘phone’ and ‘physics’
  • I find it hard to follow instructions - it can take a while for something to ‘click’

People with dyslexia can experience lots of emotions – they can feel confused, worried, angry or just down.  It might feel like no-one understands what you are going through and that there’s nothing that can help. 

But it's not all bad!

People with dyslexia have lots of strengths as well. They tend to be:

  • Creative and practical. Lots of actors and celebrities have dyslexia.
  • Really good at visual thinking – that is seeing things in your head. Lots of architects and engineers have dyslexia.
  • Really good at speaking and meeting people, too.  Dyslexic people can be very emotionally aware and empathetic, which makes it easier to relate to others. 
  • Excellent at coming up with new ideas.  Lots of business people and entrepreneurs have dyslexia. 

Dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed about

Don’t be scared to ask for help.  If you're struggling to cope with dyslexia, you could speak to your parents or a teacher. Schools have lots of good support for pupils with dyslexia and they can do things to help you. This could be something like using a computer to help with things like spelling or having someone to help you read or write during exams. 

Check out our Info and Support pages, or the videos and articles within the Create and Share section for more information on dyslexia. 

Look at videos of our Young Ambassadors talking about with dyslexia. 

And if you have any further questions or feel like you need extra support, you can always contact the Dyslexia Scotland team - click the link to our contact page, or get in touch with one of our Young Ambassadors.