4th - 10th October 2021
Raising awareness and a further understanding amongst our communities about dyslexia; what it means, what it is and what can be done to support people who have dyslexia.
This dyslexia week, the focus is on Invisible Dyslexia, exploring the entire
theme of visibility within our communities. Highlighting the importance of mental
health, increasing the visibility of underrepresented groups and raising the serious
issue of dyslexia being overlooked within education and the workplace.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum - one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective."
Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.
Supporting Dyslexic children at school
Stockport acknowledges that approaches to supporting children and young people with literacy difficulties should also be at a whole school level. Elements of good practice are:
- A whole school ethos that respects individuals’ differences.
- Knowledgeable and sensitive teachers who understand the impact that specific difficulties can have on learning and self-esteem, and who adapt their teaching accordingly.
- An environment that has been adapted to enable inclusive learning and opportunities.
- Access to additional learning opportunities, interventions and resources to support progress.
- Excellent communication between teachers, parents and carers and pupils.
- An expectation that schools will implement strategies recommended in the Stockport ‘SEND Guidance for Early Years Settings, Schools and Practitioners’ as part of their staged ‘Plan - Do - Review’ cycle.
Laura, from twinkl, shares her top tips for teaching pupils with dyslexia including some classroom strategies to help pupils with dyslexia build confidence in the classroom.
Helping your Dyslexic child at home
Having dyslexia might mean that at times your child may feel frustrated about the things they find difficult. Sometimes they might feel angry, worried or scared. However, your child might also feel happy, positive and proud of themselves for their achievements.
Talking together about dyslexia can help you to understand your child's experiences. Having children and young people talk about their feelings can really help them to feel happier and more relaxed.
As well as talking about the things that they find difficult or frustrating, it is important to share feelings about their achievements and the moments that they are proud of. This can be a wonderful way of celebrating all the things that your child has worked hard at and the challenges they have overcome.
Working collaboratively with school and other services in the best interests of your child/young person, to promote, support and monitor any agreed programmes at home is essential.
Try using some of these techniques to support your child at home:
- Play card games such as snap or pairs
- Make spelling multi-sensory - use hand gestures and finger writing
- Play word games such as scrabble or boggle
Seeing Dyslexia differently
This animation, made by the British Dyslexia Association, seeks to preempt misconceptions among young audiences by shedding light on the real challenges dyslexic children face whilst also acknowledging their strengths and potential.
Events during Dyslexia week 2021
British Dyslexia Association - Invisible Dyslexia (Free webinar)
Free Webinar hosted by our BDA Helpline and Panel of Experts discussing solutions for the day-to-day problems that are often invisible to others.