The dyslexia ecosystem

Roderick I. Nicolson*

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It is all too easy, in everyday interactions in dyslexia, to see the interactions in a semi-adversarial fashion - parents competing to get more support for children, researchers competing to get more support for their theories, schools trying to get more money for their programmes. Such a set of analyses may be described as 'zero-sum'. If one party gains, the other one loses. If, by contrast, one views the dyslexia community as a complex, inter-dependent 'ecosystem', a much more positive view emerges. It becomes clear that there are solutions for the system as a whole that are in a sense optimal for the system as a whole, solutions that are 'win-win', that is, all parties gain and none lose. In this article I develop this concept of the 'dyslexia ecosystem', and outline targets that would lead to progress for the ecosystem as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-66
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2002


  • Automaticity
  • Dyslexia
  • Ecosystems
  • Phonology
  • Resources


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