There are many definitions of dyslexia. A very simple one would be that dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly.
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland defines dyslexia as a specific learning difficulty affecting the acquisition of fluent and accurate reading and spelling skills. This occurs despite access to appropriate learning opportunities.
Dyslexia is characterised by cognitive difficulties in
(1) phonological processing
(2) working memory
(3) speed of retrieval of information from long term memory.
Dyslexic difficulties occur on a continuum from mild to severe and affect approximately 10% of the population. People with dyslexia may experience greater stress and frustration as they endeavour to learn, resulting in heightened anxiety, particularly in relation to literacy acquisition. People with dyslexia may also have accompanying learning strengths.
The following information from The Dyslexia Association of Ireland may help you to support your child if she has been diagnosed with Dyslexia by and Educational Psychologist.