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19th September 2013


Difficulties with reading and writing are probably the first thing that most people associate with dyslexia, but there are other common traits such as poor short-term memory, lack of concentration and disorganisation. Awareness of dyslexia is rising but there is still some misunderstanding of it and the impact it can have on peoples lives.

During the last year, Dyslexia Scotlands telephone helpline received nearly 2000 calls from all over Scotland including the Moray area. Most of the callers were parents with questions about how to get assessments, tutor enquiries and what help is available for children at school. Dyslexic adults are also frequent callers, most commonly asking about how to get help in the workplace. The third largest group of people calling the Helpline are employers and other professionals working with people with dyslexia, including teachers.

Dyslexia Scotland is pleased to be coming to Caithness to answer questions about dyslexia on Thursday 3 October. The free drop in event will be at the Wick Youth Club, Lower Dunbar Street, Wick from 2pm 7.30pm.

As well as exhibitors, resources and information, there will be 3 talks during the event:

4.30pm Support for dyslexic pupils in Highland Council (Kathy Wares, Principal Teacher, Additional Support needs

5.30pm - What is dyslexia?

6.30pm Dyslexia in the workplace

Anyone is welcome to drop in at any time.

In addition to having the opportunity to become a member of Dyslexia Scotland at this event, there is also the possibility of supporting the development of the local branch to provide more regular information, support and advice to children and adults with dyslexia, their parents and professionals in the Caithness area.