5 tips to improve your dyslexic child’s writing Could your dyslexic child's writing be smaller and neater?

Dyslexic writing can be large and untidy – but there’s so much else to think about!

Could your dyslexic child’s writing be smaller and neater?

Writing in big letters is very common in young children who are just beginning to write.  But sometimes the dyslexic child’s handwriting is still really big, even when they get to the age of 8 or 9.  By this age, you might expect your child’s writing to have become a little smaller and better formed. But there’s so much else for a dyslexic child to think about. Is my spelling ok? Have I got the letters in the right order? Did I miss a word out? Is my ‘b’ and ‘d’ the correct way round? You can see that his handwriting is probably the last thing he is thinking about!

Here are 5 tips to encourage your child’s fine motor skills and get them to write a little bit smaller: Read more ›

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The Book Worm Making learning fun!

The Book Worm

The Book Worm from the young entrepreneurs at Omagh Academy

Looking for some rainy day activities for your kids over the Easter holidays? This book is all you need!

Spectrum, a dynamic team of budding entrepreneurs from Omagh Academy have produced and marketed The Book Worm. This little book is packed full of fun and educational activities – and it’s great for your dyslexic child!

The book covers subjects like English, Maths and Science – but not as you know it! There’s an activity on each page, all designed to keep your child entertained, whilst learning at the same time. I would say a child aged 10 and over would love this. However, teens would really enjoy the 1 minute challenges. And even younger kids could have lots of fun, if an adult helps out.

I particularly liked the experiments featured in the Science section. Who wouldn’t like to make a Tornado in a bottle? Or build your own DIY Lava Lamp? And in the kitchen, your kids can have a go at Bread Painting or creating their own variety of Banana Pops!

Why is The Book Worm good for your child with dyslexia?

The Book Worm is great for children with dyslexia. They’ve used a dyslexia-friendly font, making it easier to read. And the book has been printed on a variety of coloured paper. But the best thing is- it doesn’t look like learning!

So – don’t wait until you’ve run out of stuff to keep the children busy over the holidays! You can buy The Book Worm at https://www.thebookwormoa.co.uk/shop. Let me know what you think of the book. Did your children enjoy it? Is there anything that could be better?

P.S. Those young people from Spectrum have just produced another version of The Book Worm. This time it helps your child learn French!

 

 

 

 

 

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Help! My dyslexic child had no notes to revise from in his recent exams! Why copying from the board won’t work for your dyslexic child.

 

Copying from the board can be difficult for children with dyslexia.

Has your child tried to use his notes in his exercise book to revise for a test? Has he opened his book with complete bewilderment as he’s met with notes he just can’t read or that are incomplete?

Children are regularly asked to copy information from the board. For the dyslexic child, the result is often poor notes, scrappily written with chunks missed out and the date and title long gone – sometimes the notes can be completely incomprehensible. And that’s disastrous when it comes to revising for exams… Read more ›

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Is your son or daughter sitting AQA English Language GCSE in 2018? Give your child the best chance with friendly, one-to-one weekly tuition, held locally in Cuddington.

AQA English Language GCSE Revision

GCSE’s are a very important part of your son or daughter’s academic journey…

Did you know his or her results can affect:

future career prospects

the qualifications he takes next

the sixth form he goes to

the university he can apply to

his eligibility for a college or university course

Last year saw English language, English literature and maths GCSEs reformed. They are now graded on a scale of 9 to 1, instead of A* to G. Under the new system, students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and maths GCSE must keep studying the subjects in order to receive funding for post 16 study.

Maybe your teen suffers from dyslexia…or maybe they just always struggled with English.  Whatever the case, you may be concerned about their GCSE English result.

Maybe you are concerned your son or daughter’s results may limit their options?

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Is your son or daughter sitting English GCSE in 2018? Join our English Revision Group!

AQA English Revision Group…starting in January 2018

GCSE’s are a very important part of your son or daughter’s academic journey.

Did you know his or her results can affect:

future career prospects

the qualifications he takes next

the sixth form he goes to

the university he can apply to

his eligibility for a college or university course

Maybe your teen suffers from dyslexia…or maybe they just always struggled with English.  Whatever the case, you may be concerned about their GCSE English result.

Maybe you are concerned your son or daughter’s results may limit their options?

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Dyslexia – is it all in the eyes? Scientists suggest children with dyslexia have different eyes to non-dyslexic children!

In the news this week, scientists claim to have spotted a major physiological difference between the eyes of dyslexic adults and non-dyslexic adults.

Are you left or right eyed?

Most of us have a partiality as to which hand we use to throw a ball or which foot we use to kick a ball. But did you know we also have a preferred – or dominant – eye? 

Our eyes work as a team.  However, your dominant eye is the one that provides a slightly greater input to your brain.  In fact, it is thought that the dominant eye has more neural connections to the brain than the non-dominant eye.  If you are right handed, it is likely you are also right-eyed – but not necessarily.

So what has eye dominance got to do with dyslexia?

There has long been this idea that there is a relationship between ocular dominance and reading and spelling ability. Way back in the ‘70’s, testing of ocular dominance formed part of the test for dyslexia. It was thought that dyslexia was associated with the failure of the child to establish ocular dominance – and that a lack of ocular dominance would somehow lead to confusion about precisely where words and letters are positioned on a page. Read more ›

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Dyslexia – let’s start talking about it Come out of the darkness and raise awareness of dyslexia

This week I’ve been reading lots of inspirational stories about dyslexia. And indulging (or enduring?) in my new guilty secret – running.

I am a closet runner. Those that know me are probably giggling at this news.  The rest of you are probably wondering what on earth this has got to do with dyslexia.  Bear with me.

I am not keen on anyone witnessing my sad shuffle around the block.  So I tend to run at 5.30 in the morning, in the pitch dark.  An abrupt and unwelcome start to my day, believe me. I certainly don’t want anyone to see me as I shamble past!

So what’s running got to do with dyslexia?

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Well, this week is Dyslexia Awareness Week. The theme this year is Positive about Dyslexia. The British Dyslexia Association has been doing a wonderful job helping raise awareness of dyslexia and creating a more dyslexia-friendly world. The key to raising awareness of dyslexia is communication.  It’s all about talking about dyslexia so that we no longer stumble around in the dark – like my nocturnal running!

The BDA have featured interviews with lots of people from all walks of life being just that – Positive about Dyslexia. Jamie Oliver, Samantha Fletcher, Richard Branson, Ross Linnett and Josh (aged 10) all have their say. They are talking about dyslexia and how it has shaped their lives in a very positive way.

If your child has dyslexia, talking about it is important. Read more ›

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Dyslexia – the annoying things people say 5 myths about dyslexia exploded!

5 misconceptions about dyslexia exploded…

If your child has dyslexia, sometimes well-meaning friends, relations – and even teachers – will come out with some of the following myths. But perpetuating these misconceptions can be damaging to your child. Here’s five common myths about dyslexia exploded…

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Wondering if it’s dyslexia? The best online dyslexia screeners

An online dyslexia screener may be the first step…

I get asked time and time again about online dyslexia screeners by parents who think their child may have dyslexia. 

Of course, online dyslexia screeners are not substitutes for a professional assessment from an educational psychologist or a specialist dyslexia teacher. But a dyslexia screener could be a stepping stone between a parent voicing their concerns and obtaining a formal diagnosis.

Dyslexia assessments should be carried out by a recognised professional (beware of cheap “assessments” online)!  And they can be expensive. The cost can range from £300 to over £1000 and, unfortunately, you cannot get a dyslexia assessment on the NHS. An assessment can also take up to four hours to complete the testing. And then you have to wait for the report. That’s a big investment in time and money! Especially if you are only at the beginning of your journey to a diagnosis of dyslexia.

So, as a first step, it makes sense to investigate online dyslexia screeners if your child appears to be struggling.  Just be aware that an online dyslexia screener won’t give you a definitive diagnosis of dyslexia.  But it could give you a good indication if your child has signs of dyslexia and point you towards any areas of concern.

If you google “on-line dyslexia test”, you will be bamboozled with hundreds of results. Before you give up in complete bewilderment, let me show you two of the best…

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4 great reasons why your dyslexic child needs to read Help your child with dyslexia read his way to a happy and healthy life...

Dyslexic children can read their way to a happy and healthy life…

“Most children in England do not read on a daily basis: in 2011 just over a third (37%) of 10 year-olds surveyed reported reading for pleasure every day.” PIRLS 2011: Reading Achievement In England

Texting their friends, checking Facebook, surfing the internet, downloading music and films – our children are bombarded with technology.  Most children over the age of 10 have a smartphone – and use it constantly! Is there any time – or inclination – to read a book? And for the dyslexic child who struggles with reading – why bother?

We know reading is good for our dyslexic children. It improves their literacy skills. And dyslexic children can gain the same benefits if they listen to an audiobook downloaded to their phone. But there are other amazing reasons for encouraging our children with dyslexia to read. Read more ›

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