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My five-year-old son is having trouble learning to read and spell, but is otherwise bright. Could he be dyslexic and if so, what should I do?

Carol Youngs, policy director of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) says: "Dyslexia is certainly one possible explanation for your child's difficulties in learning to read and write whilst being otherwise up with his peers.

"Speak to the class teacher. Tell them about your concerns. They may be able to identify support that your child needs. Be patient and persevering with the teachers - their support will be vital.

"If this produces no improvement make an appointment to meet the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. They should create an Individual Education Plan (IEP) setting out the steps the school will take to meet your child's needs.

"You should have regular meetings with the school to monitor progress. If all goes well, your child should receive appropriate help and support. If the IEP is not producing results or not being implemented it may be necessary to get a full assessment by an educational psychologist."

* The BDA helpline is on 0118 966 8271.
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Title Annotation:Family Life
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2005
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