Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students with reading and spelling difficulties is very important. People with dyslexia are more likely to experience mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.
There are several protective factors that can lower the risk of mental health challenges in students experiencing reading difficulties, including supporting engagement and motivation to read, and ensuring that students feel empowered to have a voice in their education.
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