Sunday 25 February 2018

76 percent of Irish parents feel earlier identification could have helped their dyslexic children

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The first ever survey into dyslexia in Ireland has uncovered significant findings from parents and teachers about early intervention.

Dyslexia Association Ireland (DAI) launched its first study to mark the inaugural Dyslexia Awareness Week, 'Small Change - Big Impact'.

The week aims to signify and drive awareness of the small changes in practice and policy that will help those living with dyslexia in Ireland.

The study proves that early identification and the right support for Irish children with dyslexia is key - as it can help them learn to manage with difficulties reading and spelling with confidence.

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Research revealed that:

97 percent of teachers agree that they need and would benefit from training on dyslexia

93 percent of teachers agree that earlier identification helps them to better support learning needs

92 percent of teachers report that their pre-service dyslexia training did not prepare them for the classroom

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76 percent of parents with a dyslexic child felt that earlier identification would have helped their child’s dyslexia would help them to better support a child’s learning needs

60 percent of students (under 18) with dyslexia are not confident that their teachers understand their dyslexia and know how to help them

Only 30 percent of teachers reported receiving any pre-service training on dyslexia or special learning difficulties

Rosie Bissett, CEO of DAI, said, “Families in Ireland are forced to seek private assessment and supports as the education system is simply not meeting their needs. And what about the countless families who can’t afford private services? Resource allocation is linked strongly with diagnostic assessment of need – without equitable access to assessment children are not able to access supports which they need and are entitled to. Our survey also shows that even after dyslexia is identified, 55 percent of parents report ongoing difficulty in gaining help for their child."

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The survey, with 787 respondents, includes opinions from students, teachers, parents and adults living with dyslexia and can be found on, alongside detail of fundraising activities for the week.

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