Helpful Facts and Statistics about Dyslexia in Perth, Western Australia.
- According to the University of Western Australia, dyslexia is the most common learning disability2. Eighty percent of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia.
- Most Australian teachers are never taught what Dyslexia is, how it affects learning and how to support Dyslexic students.The International Dyslexia Association3 estimates that 15% to 20% of the Australian population have some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words.
- The Australian Government estimates that 4-8% of all schoolchildren in Western Australia have some degree of dyslexia. It is estimated that boys are one-and-a-half to three times more likely to develop dyslexia than girls.
Dyslexia in Perth, Western Australia
- The Dyslexia Association5 in Australia states “A dyslexic individual can be successful because of their abilities not in spite of. A dyslexic may struggle to succeed because of their negative experiences in the learning environment not because of dyslexia.”
- Dyslexia affects people of all ethnic backgrounds, although a person’s native language can play an important role. A language where there is a clear connection between how a word is written and how it sounds, and consistent rules grammatical rules, such as in Italian and Spanish, can be more straightforward for a person with mild to moderate dyslexia to cope with.
- However, languages such as Australian English, where there is often no clear connection between the written form and sound, as in words such as ‘cough’ and ‘dough’, can be more challenging for a person with dyslexia.
How Focused Education helps children with Dyslexia in Perth.
Focused Education support children with Dyslexia in Perth with professional services including:
- Dyslexia testing, Diagnostic Services and treatment.
- Psychological services for children in Perth with learning disabilities.
- Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) services for language-based learning disabilities.
- Classroom observations to support, advise, and coordinate dyslexia support services for Perth public schools.
- Occupational Therapy for young children experiencing anxiety or behavioural concerns.
- Specialist tutoring for dyslexia from expert teachers.
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