If you are dyslexic, or you know any children with dyslexia, you will know that the dyslexic brain is amazing. However, navigating the education system can be gruelling and can lead to students feeling misunderstood, anxious and demoralised.
In an education system focussing on the basics of reading and writing and rote learning, a dyslexic’s strengths and abilities can often be suppressed and self-esteem lowered. But if a dyslexic child can be recognised and supported in a multi-sensory and sympathetic teaching environment, basic literacy skills can flourish and creativity and confidence can soar.
Often dyslexics have exceptional talent in areas including the arts, engineering, business, computing as well as sports. So, during Dyslexia Awareness Week, let’s celebrate dyslexia and strive to help those still in dire need of effective support and understanding.
1. Support for school SENDCos from the brilliant Caroline Bateman of Achieve Now. Caroline runs virtual touch-typing courses and is also offering a free one-hour consultation for SENDCos on how to utilise assistive technology effectively in schools:
2. Made by Dyslexia are a global charity led by successful dyslexics. They have some fantastic resources available including:
Free training for schools in their Connect the Spots guide:
• Connect the Spots guide has essential information for every school, and links to our FREE teacher training.
• Join the Dots guide outlines 4 simple steps to empower dyslexic thinking in your workplace.
And two positive, inspirational books for children:
• Our brilliant “Xtraordinary People” book will help you to understand the 7 ‘Xtraordinary’ strengths that come with dyslexia, and is a brilliant way to explain dyslexia to all kids. A must for all school libraries!
• Our NEW book, “This is Dyslexia” for adults and older children redefines what it means to be dyslexic in the 21st century. Released on 7th October, available for pre-order now. A must for all schools and workplaces!
“Let’s celebrate dyslexia and strive to help those still in dire need of effective support and understanding.”
3. If you are the parent of a dyslexic child, check out blogs, conferences and training from dyslexia blogger John Hicks. You can also join his private Facebook group.
4. For those students based in Central London requiring specialist teaching support and touch-typing training, The Mcleod Centre for Learning are running holiday courses over the two weeks of the October half term.
Session times are 9.00 – 10.30 and 10.45 – 12.15 each day and groups are on a 5:1 ratio. They charge £50, per pupil, per one hour session; £60, per pupil, per one-and-a-half-hour session.
By the end of the week pupils will have learned the keyboard and correct fingers to use; building up speed (wpm) takes time and practice. For more information on the benefits of touch-typing for dyslexics, please also see my blog.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you think you, or your child, would benefit from some specialist 1:1 support. For more information please contact me directly.
Sarah Cox, SEND Consultant