Dealing With Dyslexia

1 September 2005

Dyslexia affects up to six million people in the UK and if left undiagnosed can leave sufferers feeling isolated and misunderstood. Efalex, provides an insight into living with this common condition.

Dyslexia affects people’s ability to process information, impacting on the skills needed to read, write and spell. Symptoms can include poor reading skills, bad spelling, poor concentration, bad handwriting and difficulties with numerical skills.

Anne Marie Murgatroyd, 40, was diagnosed with dyslexia seven years ago. Here she explains the impact the condition had throughout childhood and into her working life:

“I’ll always remember that my school reports would say ‘Anne Marie could try harder’. I had problems at school when it came to reading and spelling and was labelled lazy by my teachers. As a result I struggled throughout and was always in the bottom sets. At high school I was even put into a remedial class, I remember thinking to myself ‘I really shouldn’t be here.’

“Many people who have dyslexia have considerable talents in other areas, especially creative skills. I found this to be the case when I trained to be a chef at college. I excelled at the practical work but the written assignments let me down. After leaving college I became a professional singer, again drawing on my creative talents rather than academic skills.

“I was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia when I returned to education seven years ago and my college tutor arranged for me to be tested. Finally having the diagnosis was a massive relief – I realised that there was a reason why I had always struggled with certain things and it wasn’t because I was stupid.

“In September 2004 I attended a lecture hosted by nutritionist Dr Jacqueline Stordy about dyslexia and the role that essential fatty acids can play in helping to alleviate the symptoms. Dr Stordy recommended a nutritional supplement called Efalex which contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids.

“I began taking Efalex and also gave it to my two sons, Conor (10) and Kit (8) who are also dyslexic. I’ve found that it has benefited us all a great deal. Conor had mild dyslexia and had problems with reading and spelling. He was receiving extra help at school but after starting to take Efalex he has started to concentrate better and fidgets less. He has recently been given a glowing school report and now no longer needs to receive extra help. Kit’s dyslexia has also improved. He still receives extra help at school but has come on in leaps and bounds and is now in the middle set for reading which is a great achievement. I have personally found that my concentration has improved greatly and I find it a lot easier to read and concentrate.

‘I now work as a peripatetic behaviour worker, working with children who have been excluded from mainstream education. Many of them have learning problems and it helps them a great deal that I can relate to their situation and give them advice about how to cope. I see dyslexia as a gift rather than a disability. I’ve seen so many people with the condition who excel in so many other ways, especially within creative areas such as art, music and sport.’

Efalex contains a balanced mix of the important Omega-3 and Omega-6 long chained polyunsaturated fatty acids DHA,(Docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and AA (Arachidonic acid). Tested in seven published clinical trials, each daily dose provides the nutrients needed to help maintain all aspects of brain and eye function including learning ability, concentration and co-ordination.

From September there will be a new addition to the long established Efalex family which includes Efalex lemon and lime flavoured liquid and Efalex capsules. Wild Berry Blast flavoured Efalex Chewies provide a fruity burst of Omega-3 and Omega-6 nutrients in delicious chewable capsules.

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