HC Deb 26 March 1974 vol 871 c77W
48. Mr. Farr

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what evidence there is of the effect of dyslexia on children at schools; and what action he is proposing to take in this respect.

Mr. Armstrong

The effect of dyslexia, as of other reading difficulties, is under-performance in school, leading, unless remedial measures are taken, to emotional difficulties and lack of self-confidence. The Advisory Committee on Handicapped Children in its report on "Children with specific reading difficulties", which was published in 1972, expressed its belief that the very great majority of children with these difficulties would eventually respond to good remedial teaching. It recommended an approach tailor-made to the needs of the individual child. Its report was generally welcomed, and my right hon. Friend hopes that local education authorities will act on its recommendations.