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Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.

What is it like for siblings if their brother or sister has dyslexia?

Lots of siblings have really good relationships with their brothers and sisters who have dyslexia. However, siblings say that their brothers and sisters may need extra help from their parents with schoolwork and homework. This can make siblings feel left out if their parents don’t spend time with them too.

What causes dyslexia?

Nobody really knows what causes dyslexia. It is something that a person is born with. It can’t be caught, like a cold.

What does it mean?

People who have dyslexia have difficulty reading, spelling and writing, or seeing letters and numbers backwards or in mirror-image. They might find it harder to learn things at school.

What treatment is there?

There is no medicine for people who have dyslexia but they can learn how to manage it. Children with dyslexia might get extra help with lessons at school and extra time to do their work. Older children can use computers to help them with their spelling and writing.