Dyslexia Support

The items on this page are all available from Dyslexia Scotand. For ease of use we have placed the essential guides here. Dyslexia Scotland Website below.

Defining dyslexia

Finding a definition of dyslexia is simple. Finding one we all can agree on is challenging.

In January 2009, the Scottish Government, Dyslexia Scotland and the Cross Party Group on Dyslexia in the Scottish Parliament agreed on the following working definition:

” Dyslexia can be described as a continuum of difficulties in learning to read, write and/or spell, which persist despite the provision of appropriate learning opportunities. These difficulties often do not reflect an individual’s cognitive abilities and may not be typical of performance in other areas.

The impact of dyslexia as a barrier to learning varies in degree according to the learning and teaching environment, as there are often associated difficulties such as:

· auditory and /or visual processing of language-based information

· phonological awareness

· oral language skills and reading fluency

· short-term and working memory

· sequencing and directionality

· number skills

· organisational ability”

Dyslexia exists in all cultures and across the range of abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. It is a hereditary, life-long, neurodevelopmental condition. Unidentified, dyslexia is likely to result in low self esteem, high stress, atypical behaviour, and low achievement.

Learners with dyslexia will benefit from early identification, appropriate intervention and targeted effective teaching, enabling them to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Dyslexia Scotland Website

http://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/.

General

  • What is dyslexia? ( PDF | Audio )
  • Checklist and indicators of dyslexia ( PDF | Audio )
  • Dyslexia and visual issues ( PDF / Audio)
  • Visual Issues – Frequently Asked Questions ( PDF ) NEW
  • Dyslexia friendly formats ( PDF )
  • Dyslexia friendly tips for speakers ( PDF )
  • Exams ( PDF | Audio )
  • Mind Mapping ( PDF )
  • Famous dyslexics ( PDF | Audio )
  • Dyslexia and ICT ( PDF | Audio )
  • Dyscalculia (PDF) NEW
  • Dè th’ann an diosleacsia? (Gaelic) (PDF)
  • Czym jest dysleksja? (Polish) (PDF)

Children, parents, teachers 

  • Children, dyslexia and the law ( PDF | Audio )
  • Assessments for children and young people (PDF)
  • Information for parents ( PDF | Audio )
  • Explaining dyslexia to children (PDF / Audio)
  • Youth information – what is dyslexia? (PDF / Audio)
  • Transition from primary to secondary school ( PDF | Audio )
  • Information for teachers ( PDF )
  • Ideas for supporting spelling ( PDF | Audio )
  • Ideas for supporting reading ( PDF / Audio 1 / Audio 2)
  • Ideas for supporting maths ( PDF / Audio)

 

 

 

Many thanks to CALL Scotland for creating this excellent infographic.  Although we are currently not using iPads in schools for dyslexic learners, it might be useful to use at home if you have an i-pad or similar gadget.

Download your own free copy here

For more resources and information in a range of areas, please click on the links below.

Auditory Processing and Listening Skills
Comprehension

Reading Rockets

Information: 10 tips to support the development of reading comprehension skills

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/top-10-resources-comprehension

 

EAL Teaching Strategies

Information: Teachers resources for supporting children learning English – free reading comprehension worksheets.

http://www.eal-teaching-strategies.com/freereadingcomprehensionworksheets.html

Dekko Comics

Dekko comics are short comic stories of fun and often absurd characters. These stories also communicate educational information, making them an entertaining visual alternative to learning and revising in the conventional way of reading. Dekko Comics aim to improve literature comprehension and information absorption, as well as the general learning experience for all learners, including those with dyslexia.

For more details visit: http://www.dekkocomics.com/

Coordination

Fine motor skills – Handwriting

Information:  Advice and resources to support fine motor skills required for handwriting. http://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/

Literacy

BBC Skillswise

BBC Skillswise provides online help with free numeracy and literacy, for tutors and students.  There are printable worksheets and factsheets and online games, videos and quizzes that can be used in class or by learners at home. This may be helpful for 3rd /4th and Senior level pupils. www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise

Literacy – Pre Phonics

My Alphabet Mat

Information: A4 sheet with illustrated upper and lower case alphabet letters. Can be laminated

Click to download.

 

Alphabet cards

Information: – Game to match the letters with images and 1st letters of words.

Click to download.

 

Alphabet Dominoes

Information: – Game of dominoes which matches letters to images.

Click to download.

Literacy – Phonological Awareness and Phonics

Letters and Sounds

Information: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics

Click to download.

 

Starfall

A wide range of phonic games and reinforcement; sound and colour to hold attention. http://www.starfall.com/

 

Robbie the Robot – Syllable and Phoneme Awareness

File type – Zip file

Information: Competition winner 2012 – with thanks to Vicki Jones, Glasgow Dyslexia Support Service

Click to download.

 

Gaelic Code Cracker – Fuaimean Feumail

Information: The following worksheets were created by Mairead Monk (Glasgow Gaelic School) and are based on work created by Peggy Ann Campbell and her pupil support assistant, R MacInnes, (Breasclete School, Lewis) to support pupils with Gaelic phonics.

Click to download.

Literacy – Reading

Reading Circle

Information: The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Working Group has developed the Reading Circle to help teachers gain an understanding of how the reading skills have developed for child or young person who they are working with.  This resource can be used in primary and secondary sectors and may also be beneficial for children and young people for whom English is not their first language, as well as for adults. The Writing Circle was also developed.

The circles provide:

  • Descriptions of the key areas involved in the acquisition of reading skills
  • A tool to identify areas of difficulty
  • Approaches and strategies for each key area
  • A practical planning/evaluation tool to record discussions with colleagues, staff and where appropriate the learner highlighting strengths, difficulties.

Click to download. Or click here for the online interactive version.

 

Top Tips for Paired Reading (Falkirk Council Support Teachers)

Click to download.

 

Top Tips for Reading (Falkirk Council Support Teachers)

Click to download.

 

Top Tips to Develop Sight Vocabulary (Falkirk Council Support Teachers)

Click to download.

 

Tricky words

Information: Flash cards for 41 tricky words –  1 word per A4  sheet

Click to download.

 

Bingo – High Frequency Words

Click to download.

Literacy – Spelling

How to Spell Prompt cards

Information: Competition winner 2012 – with thanks to Hugh Morrison, Principal Teacher in the Biggar / Carluke Extended Learning Community Team, South Lanarkshire.

Click to download.

Literacy – Writing

Writing Circle

Information: The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Working Group has developed the Writing Circle to help teachers gain an understanding of how the writing skills have developed for child or young person who they are working with.  This resource can be used in primary and secondary sectors and may also be beneficial for children and young people for whom English is not their first language, as well as for adults. The Reading Circle was also developed.

The circles provide:

  • Descriptions of the key areas involved in the acquisition of reading skills
  • A tool to identify areas of difficulty
  • Approaches and strategies for each key area
  • A practical planning/evaluation tool to record discussions with colleagues, staff and where appropriate the learner highlighting strengths, difficulties.

Click to download. Or click here for the online interactive version.

Amazing Adjectives Game!

Information: Competition runner-up 2012 – with thanks to Su Hayward, Adviser – Learning Support, Suffolk County Council.

Click to download.

Memory

Memory Tips (Falkirk Support Services)

Information: Tips  to support auditory memory

Click to download.

 

Activity Village.co.uk

A website which provides free games and actives to support concentration and memory skills

https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/memory-games

Numeracy and Math

Math Drills

Math-Drills.com is a collection downloadable math worksheets for teachers and parents on a variety of math topics. Some of the resources are free.

Visual Processing

Therapy Fun Zone

Information: A website which provides information on Visual Perceptual Skills and some free resources.

http://therapyfunzone.net/blog/ot/visual-perceptual-skills/

 

Eye Can Learn.

Information: A  website which provides activities to support visual processing

http://eyecanlearn.com/

 

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