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Dyslexia Support

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notenoughhoursleft Tue 29-Sep-15 10:47:26

I am a Dyslexic specialist and expanding to provide a wider range of services to dyslexic children. I have been visiting a number of schools recently and feel there is minimal support for children with dyslexia and their parents. Currently I am exploring a variety of options and would be interested to know how these might be received by people who are supporting dyslexic children. Various avenues I am exploring include:

- consultations with parents at home to explore a variety of multi-sensory resources and useful strategies to use when teaching a child with dyslexia;

- workshops to explore the use of multi-sensory resources and different teaching strategies which can help a child with dyslexia;

- provision of one-to-one tuition during school time at the child's school;

- teaching of a touch typing course which is child friendly.

I would greatly appreciate any thoughts on which resources/services you feel would be valuable. Getting advice from the people who 'know' would help me to focus on what really matters.

Many thanks!

maizieD Tue 29-Sep-15 11:40:26

I would question the value of teaching touch typing to children unless they are very secure with their spelling skills (which 'dyslexics' typically aren't). Typing requires spelling by remembered letter strings; not the easiest of skills for people with literacy difficulties.

I know people argue that spellcheckers help with achieving correct spellings but they require the writer to be able to recognise the correct spelling; this is particularly difficult with homophones.

On the other hand, if they are going to type, I found text to speech software to be particularly helpful in helping children to spell correctly, though the homophone problem still arises.

mrz Tue 29-Sep-15 19:48:13

I can't imagine many state schools agreeing to you taking pupils out of lessons.
Children benefit from the motor memory involved in handwriting.
Research also suggests that handwriting boosts working memory and activates parts of the brain required for reading (typing doesn't have the same effect).

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