Understanding dyslexia

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AN EDUCATIONAL psychologist will speak about dyslexia and learning at an open meeting of Dyslexia Scotland Borders.

Scottish Borders Council’s principal educational psychologist, Dr Roger Barrow, will take questions afterwards at the session in Hawick Rugby Club next Thursday.

The local branch of Dyslexia Scotland was formed last year when parents and others decided to set up the group to help people with the condition. People with dyslexia can have problems writing, reading and concentrating, and difficulty in carrying out more than one instruction at a time or in sequencing things like the days of the week.

Committee member Rosemary Bowe said: “We’re hoping to promote better understanding. For example, parents who have dyslexia can’t help their children with homework. If they can’t read themselves they are unable to help. We want people to understand the bigger picture about dyslexia and help people to understand that people with dyslexia can be very bright – they just don’t do the word bit well.”

The meeting will run from 7 to 9pm. For more information, contact dyslexia.scotland.borders@gmail.com or ring 01786 446650.