Public awareness of dyslexia, or specific learning difficulty, has increased substantially over the last decade, and media attention has led to a wider and more informed perspective of the dyslexic's difficulties and needs. Though the needs of the child must always be a primary consideration, it is important to remember that the parents and family of the dyslexic child have very real needs too. While the psychologists, teachers and other professionals involved are naturally busy dealing with the child, the needs of the parents often remain unexpressed and sublimated. The range and variety of needs is enormous, but this text aims to address some of the main issues. Based on Pat Heaton's many years' experience of teaching dyslexics and working with their parents, the text describes the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and provides information on the help available. It also discusses how families react to being told that a member is dyslexic, how families cope with the syndrome and what the future might hold for the dyslexic child.