A new report has underlined the need for more support to be made available to children with dyslexia.
The report, conducted by Dyslexia Action, found that 61 per cent of children with the condition had to wait as long as a year for help after being diagnosed.
Furthermore, the report found that 90 per cent of people in teaching jobs
lack awareness of dyslexia, a condition which impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension in being able to read.
This is especially shocking in light of the fact that one in ten children suffers from the condition.
John Rack, the head of research, development and policy at Dyslexia Action, expressed hope that recent government reforms will lead to teachers providing better support to people with the condition.
The reforms, he observed, focused on the needs of those with the most severe condition.
"The new system must also secure equally effective provision for children with high-incidence, lower severity needs," Mr Rack commented.
"There are positive and affordable things that can be done now. So let’s work together and put an end to the suffering and sense of failure that is still felt by too many children with dyslexic and literacy difficulties in our schools."
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Department for Education explained that despite the headline figures stemming from the report, evidence suggests that progress is already being made.
"Our reforms will build on the good work already being done by providing more training and support for teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators and teaching assistants so that dyslexic pupils are identified even earlier and get quicker access to the support they need,” she explained.
"We are also making sure that families get clearer information about where to get further help if they need it.”
Paul Williams, the chair of the National Association of Head Teachers special needs committee, has called for the introduction of a person in each school to spearhead dyslexia support training for people in teaching jobs
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