Tags: Dyslexia | Inclusion | Parent | SEN | SENCO

The British Dyslexia Association’s website is, as always, teeming with information about a wide range of issues related to specific learning difficulties. Its news section currently carries a response by Professor Margaret Snowling of the University of York to the Channel 4 Dispatches programme The Dyslexia Myth.

The preamble to this response says, ‘There is strong scientific evidence concerning the nature, causes and consequences of dyslexia… its potentially negative effects can be ameliorated.’

Professor Snowling then goes on to say, ‘As a Vice President of the BDA, I am saddened by the confusion and upset that has followed from the recent Dispatches programme entitled, The Dyslexia Myth.

As someone who appeared in this programme I think it would be helpful to make the following points clear: my position in the debate about dyslexia; my understanding of the intended message of the programme; to preview my contribution to the “The Death of Dyslexia” conference.’ (The conference took place on 21 October. The presentation can be accessed at www.cemcentre.org).

Wherever readers stand on the debate about dyslexia, Professor Snowling’s views are worth reading, and will be of particular interest to SENCOs caught in the crossfire of some heated discussion during the past two months.


This article first appeared in SENCO Update – Feb 2006

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