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Dyslexia Support

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Lee Pascal, author and teacher, has been studying dyslexia for over 35 years. In this engaging and light-hearted workshop for TAs, he tackles the serious subject of dyslexia and offers real insight into how dyslexics think, learn and remember. He also looks at strategies and techniques for helping them with spelling and reading.

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After an introduction to the subject of dyslexia, Lee talks about the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approach to learning that dyslexics find most useful. He engages his audience with some participatory games and passes on useful tips about how to support dyslexic students with spelling.

"Joined up writing" and "joined up speaking" are just two of the methods he advocates. He also looks at spelling techniques - look, cover, learn, remember - and concludes with the moving story of a boy who grew to love reading, but only once books were made easy enough for him to understand.

Key points:

  • Valuable exercises and techniques to help pupils with dyslexia
  • Lee Pascal shares his vast experience in an engaging manner
  • May help you to identify and rectify problems with spelling

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    • SK SK
      24 April 2010 - 21:58

      As someone with dyslexia (tested age 34 when going back into education- , always thought I was but looked up dislexia in dictionary when aged 12) .

      I found this interesting - would like to point out that the necessity of writing/reading what your being taught is often pointless for some of us. But years of being told to do so can make you fail. I stopped writing notes in the second year of medical school (had to retake exams only in my first year)- there are lots of good summary pages so why write it down. For my MSc I listened for 10mins/slept for 10mins repeatedly in lectures and learnt the subject without needing to write/read any notes. Changing visual/verbal information into the written word can allow you to lose the information.

      I learn so little from reading that other than short facts, I do not read.
      You may assume I can't have achieved anything in this way but probably quite the opposite. Accepting my apparent weakness and focusing on my strengths (non-verbal reasoning/visual spatial) is the way to success. I just wish the education systems would reflect this more.
      There seems to be an increase in the reliance on essays/projects for examinations at all levels which needs to be rebalanced. In the current educational climate I would have fallen by the wayside. Currently doing PGCertMedEd not knowing how I'm going to write 8000 word essays, which will only demonstrate that if I learnt by writing essays, that I know the subject. For me this is just an exercise in writing an essay in a style that may pass and has nothing to do with learning/knowing a subject. Still considering dropping the course.

    • Dyslexia Support
      6 May 2009 - 23:57

      The railway symbol analogy is absolutely brillient!

      I now have a way to explain to people how at 41 years of age I still make mistakes like the one above (no I didn't do it on purpose and I only know it's wrong because Fire Fox has put one of those embarrassment saving lines under it)
      I have lived in Gloucestershire for 10 years and still have to think how to spell it. Just like the British rail symbol, words to me are kind of picture outlines. I know exactly what they say, but ask me the details and I'm lost.

      Ask my dyslexic 11 year old to spell down and exactly the same thing happens, sometimes! Yesterday, because it was just a note to herself, it was perfect. Practising science SATS we've had dawn, doun and something that looked more like cloun, because her d's get stretched when she's stressed.

      Much to both our frustration her 8 year old sister just looks up, disappears into her internal dictionary and, whether she's reading or writing, there is the word.

    • Dyslexia
      13 November 2008 - 20:42

      i have dyslexia and i just wanted to say what it does to me and what i think helps me with it

      for me i don't see moveing words and i either recognize what i am seeing or i don't i know a lot of ppl have said brake down the words i can not do this at all when i read i am slower and not long into it starts to hurt me to go on reading and as well as that i miss words out and move back up or down lines with out knowing that i did it the way we Learn in school to read has many faults we should be trying to learn in as many ways as we can to maximize the learning progress things that help me and my dyslexic mates to learn to read more was the use of PCs and things like MSN that can be fun to use with out knowing that you are learning to read and spell and just learning new things as you use tools like this as well as things like word and even better like Firefox that has a spell check that helps us to communicate and learn to read as when we check the word spelling with word or Firefox we learn to recognize what we are seeing tho at first we needed to use a reader like readplease that is free to download and use to know if we are typing the words we think we are given time this works better and better tho at schools they always have MSNs block that's y i think all ppl that are Dyslexic need to have a free laptop to help them to learn as learning to read has to be a at home thing as well as a at school thing or they will never get any better at it this is how it was for me into i was 16 i did not know how to read anything at all but with in a yr of using a PC and MSN i got a lot better and now 2yrs on i am where i am to day most ppl can not tell i am Dyslexic this also workd with my mates and now they are a lot better then they use to i also take OMEGA-3 pills what i think have improved my memory and concentration i think if all kids had them growing up some dyslexics may not have turned out Dyslexic the brain needs certain chemicals to function correctly and from knowing whats in are food i can say i don't think most of us are getting them