Living with Dyslexia

Welcome to the Living with Dyslexia website. We hope to clear up grey area concerning what the word dyslexia actually means. It's important to grasp that there are two different ways in which the word dyslexia is actually used. One is the literal sense: 'Dys' means wrong, while 'lexia' means applying to letters and words, so in this sense, anyone with an issue with reading has dyslexia. The second, broader use is where dyslexia refers to a variety of symptoms that includes problems with reading, spelling and writing, as well as other problems with hearing, memory or coordination.

The meaning of dyslexia is dependent on the context in which the term is being used. Contact our experts on Living with Dyslexia for further information.


This website has nothing to do with the old British Dyslexic Association website.

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Here at the Living with Dyslexia website we hope to promote understanding of the different types of Dyslexia. The first attempt to classify the types of dyslexia was made in 1973 by Marshall and Newcomb. They suggested the classifications of double-deficit, phonological and surface dyslexia. Symptoms of surface dyslexia include mistakes made with words with inconsistent guidelines regarding English pronunciation , such as when pretty is read like it rhymes with jetty, and bowl is read like it rhymes with howl. Phonological dyslexia is described as when people have problems reading new words because they can't grasp connections between individual sounds and letters on the page. Drop us an email today with your questions regarding Living with Dyslexia.