The original purpose of conducting this report is to fill in the client with the up to date information pertaining to the subject of dyslexia. The client, Wilma, is a mother, who has a dyslexic child aged 15 years, and she wants to know what the available sources of assistance are in existence and within her reach. To this regard, this report will give a key illumination into a number of features revolving around the topics, such as early detection of dyslexia and management of dyslexia. This report will also try to establish whether there are possible cures for the disorder. The report will focus on the different sources of information that the client can access concerning the condition.

Background information  

Upon the initial request to look into the topic by the client, the following areas of concern were identified:
•  The mother is worried that her 15 year old son could be diagnosed with dyslexia
•  Friends and neighbors have told her of all the cures available, some magical, and she has high doubts about their effectiveness.
•  The mother would like to know of the possible available cures and whether her son could still be assisted. The mother would like to have access in real time, accurate and updated information regarding the condition. She wants to know who are the key parties involved in the reflection of the condition, where she can access them and whether they can be of any assistance to her and her child.
Synopsis of the client interview

To be able to fully comprehend the acuteness of the case as presented by the client, an interview was considered insightful and it was conducted in the initial stages of this consultation. This was an informal interview with Wilma (the mother) to establish the exactness and appropriateness of the information sources to be formulated to her in this study concerning the condition that her son is facing and offer helpful guidelines in respect to the same. A summary of the questions accompanied by the mother’s responses as well as the observations made in both qualitative and quantitative aspects are included in appendix I (client interview synopsis).
From these interviews, a number of clarifications regarding the topic of discourse have been made. Some of these clarifications are denoted below.
There were two required information varying in the level of their importance. The primary important information package was establishing a pattern of development of the child from birth, through childhood till the current age. The following information was revealed:
• The child had difficulties in crawling and walking as a child, grasping these mechanisms of childhood at a pretty advanced age.
• The mother did not detect these signs of dyslexia at that early age so that she could find a way of seeking professional assistance. She had no idea that her child could be dyslexic and when she saw him struggling with learning as a child, she thought that it would all come to pass as he grew older.
• The child had difficulties with keeping up with the other children of his age in school.
The information gathered on a secondary level of importance was relating to the following.
• The role of the teachers in helping this child fit into the system without having a feeling of something is amiss with him.
The roles of the mother in helping this child at home feel responsible and capable of doing chores that other normal children do.

The assumptions made

In relation to this report, a number of assumptions have been made. Some of them are as outlined below;

  • Wilma is computer literate, has full internet access and an email address where correspondence will take place

  • The information available from the databases is updated. The information on these databases is not older than one year.

  • The prime point of focus of this study as outlined in this report will be to acknowledge the measures taken to curb dyslexia, the parties involved in this campaign and the approach that is being used by the parties in the attainment of their objectives.

Search objectives

Basing this on the response from the client as outlined in the client interview synopsis above, a number of search objectives have been formulated and are outlined in the ensuing sentences;

  • To identify the areas of difficulties that this dyslexic child is involved in daily.

  • To establish what the symptoms of dyslexic are and whether it’s possible to find a cure for it if it is identified early enough.

  • To establish the roles played by different parties involved, that is, the mother, the society, the government and different organizations streamlining this issue.

Analysis of the key concepts and synonyms

The table below gives an outline of the key concepts and synonyms that will be used here to develop a sound strategic plan.





































Selection of databases and searching tools

A number of factors must be put into consideration when selecting a particular database and identifying it as a source of information on this subject. Even the tools used need to be carefully selected. Some of these factors to consider are as stated below;

  • The actual availability of information in regard to the topic

  • The accurateness and the quality of information that is available on these databases.

  • The availability of updated information concerning the subject of discussion

The internet and websites from the internet were considered to be the ideal source of the information regarding dyslexia for a number of reasons;

  • It is the most cost effective, hustle free source of information. All that is needed is a computer and access to internet. The information downloaded from these sites or read online is usually free of charge.

  • The internet is easy to use and contains a massive pool of information from different people. Therefore, it has a wealth of information which could be tapped to add to what we already know concerning the subject of discourse.

  • Most governments and non- governmental organizations that deal with cases related to the subject employ the use of internet as a tool to reach to the general public. They do this as a way of reaching out to the public and offering them free awareness and sensitization.

  • The organizations make sure that their sites are well updated and hence the quality of materials and relevance of the information retrieved from these sites is good.

  • The internet has been generally accepted all over the globe as a fast, reliable and effective way of gathering the necessary information. Hence, the information that will be found on these sites will be treated as being highly accurate.

Databases will also be used but at a minimal level because they are not as cost effective as the internet. Hence they will be considered as being a secondary source of information regarding the subject in question.

Other Databases

Other databases were chosen following the criterion outlined in 5.0 above.

The search strategy that was used for this database was:

Australia and dyslexia

This search was restricted to items related to dyslexia and some of these databases results that were identified and deemed to be relevant to this study are named below;

  • DCA- Dyslexia Center Australia

  • ADA – Australian Dyslexic Association

Initial search strategies and formulation

The initial service search did not come up with other similar words or synonyms due to the highly specialized nature of the topic being researched upon. Alternative ways of achieving the desired results were developed as a backup. Some of these ways include the following;

Actual visit to the relevant public centers and offices that deal with cases relating to dyslexia seeking information on the condition.

  • Making visits to libraries and archives to read the literature that has been documented concerning the condition of dyslexia over time.

  • Expanding the search queries and domain from .us to encompass the whole globe as the condition could be present in other countries in the globe.

Discussion of alternative search strategies and formulation

Internet searches

When looking at internet as a search engine, one of the alternative search formulations is clicking on the links that you can find on the databases you can trust. In our particular scenario, this is done through sites which are attributed with having outstanding credibility. Such sites include government organizations websites as well as reputable professional organizations.

In looking for the alternative search strategies, it was extremely difficult to develop the alternative search strategy to reduce the information returned mainly because of the specificity of the topic of research. Non relevant resources that were unveiled were discarded and labeled not ‘important’


Other alternative search strategies and formulations were developed for use with the databases and some are discussed below;

Australian Health ministry

The reference and restriction to Australia was removed and the search module changed to:


The search was not restricted to any date so that more information could be sought. However, only 8 results were achieved, 5 of which are included in the initial search strategies. The other 3 were labeled as being ‘irrelevant’ and discarded.

Search budget costs and estimates

The budget and the financial resources estimates that could be involved in this consultation are as shown in the table below:





Data search

250 minutes

$3.25 per minute

$ 812.50

Actual consulting

16 hours

$ 123 per hour

$ 1968

Costs of printing


28c per page

$ 16.28

Miscellaneous costs


$ 42

$ 42


$ 2838.78

Selective dissemination of information (SDI)

SDI is a strategy of channeling information that is constantly being changed or updated about a certain product, sample proposal or a specific item of interest and distributing it to the relevant class of people.

The proposal that will be presented to Wilma, the mother of the dyslexic child concerning the mitigation or adaptation to the condition is in two levels:

Web sites updates

During the study, it was felt that the available website updates would be very instrumental and a very crucial way in keeping Wilma up to date with the modern and updated information concerning the dyslexia condition. It is important that she be kept up to date with this information so that she may be able to know the new ways and new methods that are available to mitigate the condition of dyslexia.

As a result of such, then it will be recommended that Wilma should join an organization and establish the necessary connection and network aiming at gaining a constant flow of information regarding the disease within the Australian republic. Some of the recommended organizations for Wilma are ADA – Australian Dyslexic Association and DCA- Dyslexia Center Australia

Use of Search engines

Wilma will also be given advice and instructions on how to go about registering with the search engines so as to make sure she receives constant updates concerning the subject. The recommended search engines are google and yahoo because of the popularity and extent of information content of these engines. It was felt that these engines would be instrumental in making and giving Wilma constant updates and vital links towards making sure that she is well versed with the topic of discussion.

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