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Dyslexia is a lifelong learning disability that predominantly affects a child’s ability to learn to read and write. A child with dyslexia will often make slower progress than their peers when learning to read and write, even when teachers provide special assistance.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 members of the population are dyslexic. This means that teachers are likely to have 1-3 children with dyslexia in each class. On average more males are dyslexic than females. Children of dyslexic parents are more likely to be dyslexic themselves.

Our dyslexia summary for families has more information about dyslexia.