Dyslexia and Self-Esteem

Dyslexia, as we know is a specific learning difficulty that affects reading, writing, and spelling.

It can also have a large impact on an individual’s self-esteem. According to the International Dyslexia Association, approximately 45% children will suffer from low self-esteem in their school life. Here’s a brief look at how dyslexia can affect self-esteem.

1. Academic Struggles:

Dyslexic individuals often face significant challenges in school due to difficulties in reading and writing. These struggles can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy which is when a sense of failure for some kids kicks in.

2. Social and Emotional Impact:

Dyslexia-related difficulties can extend beyond the classroom. Children and adults with dyslexia may encounter social and emotional challenges, such as feeling isolated or being teased by classmates or colleagues. These experiences can erode self-confidence.

3. Lifelong Journey:

Dyslexia is a lifelong condition, but with appropriate support and intervention, individuals can learn to manage and thrive despite its challenges. Early diagnosis and specialised tutoring can significantly improve reading and writing skills, boosting self-esteem in the process.

4. Strengths and Talents:

It’s important to recognise that dyslexia is not just about difficulties; it often comes with unique strengths and talents. Many dyslexic individuals are creative, innovative, and excel in areas such as problem-solving, arts, and entrepreneurship.

Dyslexia can pose significant challenges to self-esteem, particularly in academic and social contexts. However, with the right support, early intervention, and a focus on individual strengths, individuals with dyslexia can overcome these challenges and build a strong sense of self-worth.

It’s essential to raise awareness about dyslexia and promote inclusive education and workplaces to ensure that everyone, regardless of their learning differences, can thrive and achieve their full potential.

Want to know more? Join Paloma Forde and Andrew Kitley this month on Oct 25th at 7.30pm to learn even more about self-esteem and anxiety, but more importantly HOW you can help support your child or students so that they can and will become more positive!