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Fur­ther to the let­ter about the eight-year-old girl with dys­lexia [ Life Nov 16]: six years ago my 10-year-old grandaugh­ter was found to have dys­lexia. I was told that she would not qual­ify for fund­ing. She was go­ing to se­nior school that year, so I paid for pri­vate tu­ition. It was the best money I ever spent. Her con­fi­dence soared and her se­nior school was so bril­liant about her that we stopped the tu­ition. She is now in her first year at col­lege. It is prob­a­bly best to just pay up. Fuss­ing over fi­nance will not help the child’s peace of mind.

Pat Ed­wards, by email As a for­mer head of two in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist schools for dys­lexia and a con­sul­tant for par­ents of dyslexic chil­dren, I can con­firm that your reader’s let­ter is the tip of the ice­berg. There are so many par­ents go­ing to tri­bunal to get ap­pro­pri­ate ed­u­ca­tional pro­vi­sion for their dyslexic chil­dren that SENDIST (the Gov­ern­ment body that han­dles the ap­peals) is creak­ing.

Many schools pro­vide good pro­grammes for dyslexic chil­dren and most can be found on the CReSTeD (Coun­cil for the Regis­tra­tion of Schools that Teach Dyslex­ics) reg­is­ter (

Paul Stan­ley SEN Con­sul­tant and CReSTeD

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