Dyslexia Awareness Week: more about East Lothian

Dyslexia Friendly Schools are

• able to identify and respond to the ‘unexpected difficulties’ that a dyslexic learner may encounter

• proactive: the delay between identification and response is kept to a minimum

• empowering schools because they recognise the importance of emotional intelligence.

Several schools in East Lothian have made the DFS Pledge. Why doesn’t your school join them? Contact Hilery Williams for more information.

Dyslexia Awareness Week: Dispelling Myths 5 + 6

Myth 5: People with dyslexia see things backwards.

Fact: Dyslexia is not caused by a vision problem, although reading difficulties very often are. Children need to have their eyes (and ears) checked regularly – and if there is a reading problem make sure the optometrist knows this. There are lots of exercises and strategies that can be used. If these sort the reading problem out, then the difficulty is not likely to be dyslexia.

Yes, they often reverse b/d, p/q, 6/9, 2/5, m/w and muddle ‘was’ and ‘saw’. But that’s caused by sequencing and directional confusion and working memory difficulties.

Myth 6: Dyslexia is rare.

Fact: Dyslexia affects about 20% of our population. That’s 1 out of every 5 people on a wide continuum of difficulty.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Live webcast through GLOW.

Tuesday 2nd November 2.00-2.45pm

Join author Rick Riordan – creator of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – as he brings the gods of Ancient Greece and Egypt explosively to life.

 Sign up now.

The Lightning Thief is a 2005 fantasy adventure novel based on Greek mythology.  I have not read it nor seen the film but have gathered that the main character is a learner with dyslexia. The author Rick Riordan is an English teacher whose son has dyslexic difficulties.

Dyslexia Awareness Week: Dispelling Myths 3 + 4

Myth 3: Intelligence and ability to read are related. So if someone doesn’t read well, they can’t be very bright. Equally, very able children cannot be dyslexic.

Fact: Dyslexia is not related to intelligence. Many people with dyslexia are very able and accomplish amazing things as adults. Follow the link http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/famous-dyslexics.html to read more about famous people who are learners with dyslexia.

Myth 4: People with dyslexia cannot read.

Fact: Most people with dyslexia can read — up to a point. But they will “hit the wall” in reading development at some point. It is not necessarily the decoding or recognition of unfamiliar words that causes the most difficulties once early skills are acquired, but reading rate.

It is spelling that separates learners with dyslexia from those who struggle with reading for some other reason.

If the child works hard at studying the spelling list using multisensory techniques, s/he may be able to learn the list long enough to do “okay” on Friday’s test. But, they have more problems retaining those spelling words from one week to the next and transferring them to free writing. The overload on memory and processing ability is often just too much for them to do everything at once.