Dyslecsia Cymru / Wales Dyslexia

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

Dyslexia Screening

We are proud to be developing a Welsh medium version of the Dyslexia Screening Test – Junior, an internationally recognised dyslexia test for primary school children. The test has been versioned into Welsh and 600 children have been tested in pilot schools across Wales in order to obtain results for baseline scoring.

Part of this project has been funded by the Ivor and Aeres Evans Trust. Pearsons Publishers are financing the cost of producing a CD ROM. The Prawf Sgrinio Dyslecsia Cymraeg – Iau will be launched and offered to schools in Autumn 2013.

Background

Wales, although part of the UK , has an increasingly divergent educational system to the one which operates in England. The Welsh language and the English language have equal status in the country and in many Welsh homes the first language is Welsh.

Approximately 27% of  primary schools in Wales operate through the medium of  Welsh. In the past it has been necessary to assess Welsh educated children for possible dyslexic traits using English language assessment tools and confidence in the results of such screening has sometimes been questionable.

The conversion of the DST-J into Welsh will allow early identification of those pupils who are at risk of dyslexia. This can only be to pupils’ advantage since intervention can be put in place so alleviating if not entirely avoiding the downwards spiral of low self esteem, frustration and often behavioural difficulties that are so often the result of unrecognised dyslexic problems.

Welsh is an orthographically more regular language than English and the early acquisition of basic Welsh phonics seems to occur relatively painlessly.  As a result problems of a dyslexic nature often do not appear until aged 7 years or above. The Prawf Sgrinio Dyslecsia Cymraeg – Iau will provide a vital tool for the assessment of children in Wales who are educated through the medium of Welsh and are exhibiting these difficulties.