Welcome to our Dyslexia page.
We gained Full Dyslexia Friendly Status in June 2017.
We pride ourselves in providing the best provision we can offer for children with Dyslexia and any other Learning Difficulty or Special Need.
Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff in school if you have any concerns, not just relating to Dyslexia, but any difficulties your child may be experiencing.
Mr L Chell - Headteacher
Mrs S Coll - SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator)
Mr R Smith - Dyslexia Co-ordinator/SEN Support
Mrs J Prideaux - Assistant SENCO
Below are some useful links -
SENDIASS Staffordshire Family Partnership - https://www.staffs-iass.org/home.aspx
Dyslexia support - https://www.staffs-iass.org/Leaflets/Dyslexia.aspx
The British Dyslexia Association - http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/
These are not recommendations, but may be a starting point for you.
2 Simple Software: View their website
Barrington Stoke: View their website
Crick Software Ltd: View their website
Crossbow Education: View their website
Enabling Computer Supplies Ltd: View their website
Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre: View their website
Iansyst Ltd: View their website
Inclusive Technology Ltd: View their website
LDA: View their website
Learning Materials Ltd: View their website
Multi-sensory Learning Ltd: View their website
Nessy Learning Ltd: View their website
REM: View their website
SEMERCSmart Kids (UK) Ltd: View their website
Toe-by-Toe: View their website
Activities to help improve
* Use a “Look, Say, Trace, Visualise, Write, Check” approach to learning spellings
* Find as many shorter words as possible from the target word
* Write words on Post It notes and display around the house
* Sing spellings (Try learning how to spell ‘onomatopoeia’ to the tune of ‘Old McDonald had a farm’!)
* Practise writing new words using a variety of different mediums such as pipe-cleaners, shaving foam, flour on board, play-doh or two pens taped together.
* Play word games such as
Boggle and Hangman.
* Use I pad Apps and websites to help develop your child’s spelling skills.
Common problems among dyslexic readers:
· May be able to read the text but will not get the sense of it when they finish
· May omit or confuse small words when reading
· May read slowly
· Misread words for ones that are similar
· May ignore punctuation
· May lose their place on the page when reading
Consider before you start...
· Dyslexics may learn a concept fast but they will forget just as fast. They will need lots of revision and repetition.
· Be flexible– negotiate a time to suit you both!
· Lots of short activities are needed to keep focussed.
· Dyslexics get very tired. They have to concentrate harder and so they get tired quicker.
· Don’t despair! Where you can, make a task into a game.
· Criticism kills! Praise gives power!
· Dyslexics have good and bad days.
· Make ‘em laugh! Make it fun! Have a sense of humour. We learn best when we are enjoying ourselves.
Supporting your child
Set aside a regular time– make yourselves quiet and comfortable
Look at the book cover, title and info on the back cover. Talk about what the book might be about. Tracking with a finger or line guide often helps if your child loses their place. It can also help increase speed if you encourage your child to read as you track.
Consider pair reading if your child is tired—you do a line/paragraph and I'll do a line/paragraph.
Thank them for reading to you and CONGRATULATE his/her efforts.
A confident reader will need to develop a range of skills. He/She needs to be able to recognise the words, read fluently at a steady pace to support his understanding and then be able to identify literal and inferred meaning from the text.
In reading there are a number of words that occur frequently in texts but are not regular when your child tries to decode them e.g. said. These words will need extra practice.
Activities to help improve
* Make unknown words into flash cards and use them in any board game e.g snakes and ladders, when they land they have to read to keep their place.
* Play snap with two sets.
* Beat the clock– aim to improve their time each day.
* Make the words on large paper and they have to hop onto the word as you call it out.
Develop Comprehension Skills
* Highlight key words in a text and discuss the meaning of unfamiliar words.
* Encourage your child to re-read each sentence slowly and carefully, explaining what is happening, in their own words.
* Develop their understanding of ‘Who, what, where, why, when, how’ question words. Ask them a question before reading a page to encourage engagement with the text.
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