Just had dyslexia diagnosis Y7 - any tips?

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reup Tue 26-May-15 16:02:38

Its writing, handwriting, working memory that are the issues. His reading is OK. He said he was top 5% verbally but bottom 5% working memory. I couldn't take in all the EP had to say but he recommended a laptop for all his lessons - he just has it for English now.

Has anyone provided their own laptop? His did the work get to the teachers? He is currently doing a TTRS Touch typing course.

He has done a Lucida screening at school but only was below average for reading comp speed but everything else was very near to the bottom of the average band.

Any ideas for websites, books, strategies to help? The EP talked about doing things visually - mind maps etc.

I don't really know where to start - am a bit overwhelmed.

Tissie Sun 31-May-15 01:00:21

Any chance of getting a specialist tut0r for him? This so complex. I work as a specialist tutor.
Provide your own laptop if at all possible. Email or ask to see the school's IT manager to make sure it is compatible with the school's system. Work can be emailed to the teacheror printed out (this is why it needs to be compatible with school) and handed in as normal.
With such a low working memory score your son should be getting 25% extra time for all tests and exams. This provides valuable evidence later when applying for extra time in GCSEs.
Teachers and you need to encurage your son to take a slow methodical approach to all work. It needs to be broken down into chunks and worked through step by step.
Reading - texts need to be photocopied so your son can read and highlight key words and information. Reading for learning is more than the sum of reading tests.
Mind mapping is one way of recording information visually but you can also record key words with info on the back of cards; make a powerpoint presentation on a topic; use drawings and diagrams depending on the nature of the work to be learned.
Can I help further? Do you live in the south west? No I am not touting for paid business. I would guenuinely like to help.

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