La dyslexie, l'union fait la force!
Document divers A Page for English-speaking Parents Living in France

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The French Federation of Parents’ Dyslexia Associations

If your English-speaking child is at school in France, you may have difficulty knowing where to go for advice on dyslexia screening and diagnosis, remedial support etc.




Did you know there was a French Dyslexia Association near you?

If you speak French, contact your local APEDYS (addresses on the main page of the APEDYS website www.apedys.com ).

  • If you prefer an English-speaking contact, phone Marion RONDOT on 33 (0) 4 34 11 02 68 or send an email to mrondot.hay@gmail.com

  • (Marion is British, a French-trained English teacher).

ANAPEDYS is the national federation of departmental Parents’ Dyslexia Associations (2000 families are members). It is a non governmental association whose active members are unpaid volunteers and parents of one or more dyslexic child/children.




Many professionals - school doctors, language therapists and teachers - are also members. APEDYS provides up to date information and advice on dyslexia in France - where to go for assessment, what modifications can be asked for in school, how to apply for extra time in exams etc.




The French school system is different from other European or American systems, and the provision of special needs for pupils with dyslexia is not usual. APEDYS can advise you how to obtain help for your child.



Dyslexia is a durable, specific difficulty in learning how to read and write and in the acquisition of the automaticity in reading and writing, found in children who are intelligent, who have had a normal school environment, who have no sensorial problems and no pre-existing psychological problems.


Bilingualism is not the cause of dyslexia, although learning
how to read in a different language from one’s normal speaking
language is not easy for children with dyslexia.

For more information and definitions in English, consult the British Dyslexia Association website http://www.bda-dyslexia.org.uk

In varying degrees of severity, dyslexia is often accompanied by other associated difficulties :

  • Difficulties in oral language (pronunciation and vocabulary) ·
  • Difficulties in orientation in time or space ·
  • Difficulties in visual and/or auditory discrimination ·
  • Difficulties in lateralisation ·
  • Problems of attention and concentration ·
  • Problems of memorisation ·
  • Problem of sequential analysis
  • Poor fine motor skills

If you notice certain durable signs of this type in your child :

  • Difficulties in language (poor vocabulary, badly constructed written language) ·
  • A lack of automatism in reading after 6 months of learning, whatever the method employed ·
  • Inversions and confusions of letters, of syllables, or words (b and d etc.) ·
  • Transposition or omission of letters ·
  • Difficulty in sounding out complex sounds ·
  • Poor spelling ·
  • Poor interpretation of sentences and incorrect segmenting (e.g.: a je neral) ·
  • Excessive slowness in all tasks ·
  • Difficulty in the memorisation of poetry, multiplication tables ·
  • Poor understanding of time (past, present, future) therefore problems in conjugation ·
  • Poor understanding of geometry ·
  • Absurd punctuation ·
  • Spatial difficulties ·
  • Poor immediate memory (= rhythm) ·
  • Poor personal organisational skills (schoolbag, pencil case...) ·
  • Difficulties in numeration, counting 2 by 2 ·
  • Difficulties with the decimal system ·
  • Difficulties in writing numbers ·
  • Dislike of school which increases in time due to repeated failure ·
  • Tiredness: discrepancy of rhythm between thought and movement, he/she “switches off" -> day dreaming ·
  • Lack of concentration ·
  • Difficulty in seeing the “whole picture”, concentrates on detail

Consult the school doctor, or a speech therapist for an assessment.

Ask APEDYS for advice

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