Dyslexics need to be taught letter-sound correspondences in a structured, multisensory way. The diagnostic label covers much more than literacy skills, which is one reason why it has been misunderstood. If parents and teachers know a child is dyslexic, this tells them what to expect - missed appointments, forgotten messages and much more.
I can assure Professor Elliott that this pattern is obvious to those who know what to look for. If he would like to visit our dyslexia unit in Bangor, I would be happy to listen to his worries about the concept and exchange ideas with him.
Professor Tim Miles. Tros-y-Fenai, Lon Las Menai Bridge, Anglesey