Dyslexia Leicester

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child workingWhat are the warning signs?

Did / does your child have difficulty with:

What can be done?

eat your wordsIt is important to remember that all is not lost!

People cope – they learn strategies to work their way round difficulties without specialist help. For example, they make use of spellcheckers, develop their own memory aids, ask other people, work out unknown words through context…

Having dyslexia is no bar to achieving academic success – there are a significant number of dyslexic students in Higher Education.

Children of all ages can be supported at school through more ‘dyslexia-friendly’ classrooms, where:

dyslexia advice or childrenParents and schools need to recognise that dyslexic pupils may have low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence, which may manifest itself in poor behaviour as well as poor performance. This needs sensitive handling and children being given every opportunity to celebrate their successes – in whatever field.

Most children want to be like all the others in the classroom and they can become dispirited if their best efforts aren’t as good as everyone else’s. They quickly realise that in our culture reading, writing and spelling are highly valued and they’ll pick up on any parent / teacher anxiety. Many will wonder whether they really aren’t very smart. Sometimes having a ‘label’ can help with this, as children can see that there is a real reason for their difficulties – they are not just being ‘stupid’.

Getting Help

Contact us – click here to go to our contact page and see how you can get in touch with us.

If, however, we feel that we are not able to offer advice, we hope that we can point you in the right direction to someone who can help you. Visit our Advice and Guidance section for more information.

Most schools do not have dyslexia specialists; therefore getting access to specialist advice through the LEA is very difficult. There are various specialist organisations who can offer help (advice, screening, assessment and tuition):

Dyslexia Lifeline
– offers a low-cost screening service for specimens of free writing. £25.00. View our services section for more information.
– offers full diagnostic assessment. View our services section for more information.

dyslexic childrenWarning – parents need to be aware of unscrupulous practitioners who offer 'cures' for this complex neurological issue. Before parting with serious money, they should seek help and advice from an accredited specialist. PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties) keeps lists of specialist teachers that they will make available to members of the public. PATOSS is one of the leading organisations that accredit professional competence.

Click here to visit the Patoss website

The SEN Code of Practice

Schools operate under the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. Where they are concerned about the progress of a child, they can make additional ‘in-house’ arrangements to support the learner. This is known as School Action.

If the learner continues to struggle, then the school may seek advice from an outside agency – such as an Educational Psychologist or Speech and Language Therapist. This is known as School Action Plus.

At each stage, parents should be consulted about the actions that the school is taking. Also at each stage, the learner should have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This is a record of agreed targets and progress made; it is reviewed termly.

If the learner continues to cause concern, the school can apply for a Statement of Educational Needs. This will lead to a formal assessment, focused learning targets and annual review. The school will receive additional funding for the support of these children, but each individual school is free to decide how best to use this funding for such support.

parents role dyslexiaThe Role of the Parent

It is important to remember that schools try to do their best with limited resources and an unwieldy system. Parents should try to work with schools in the best interests of their child.

However, parents need to be the advocate for their child. Don’t be put off by the ‘pushy parent’ label. Be wary of ‘explanations’ for lack of progress such as ‘it’s developmental’, ‘boys develop later than girls’ and so on. Be aware of criticisms about lack of attention, concentration and focus. These are warning signs that there is a problem and should be treated as such! Don’t be afraid to seek further advice yourself and take your findings back to the school, so that you can both act on them for the good of your child.

Parent Partnership Service

Since the SEN and Disability Act 2001, this has been a statutory national service run by voluntary organisations, Local Authorities or Children’s Trusts. This service:

Click here to visit the Parent Partnership Service website

Further informationchildrens dyslexia

The following books are again essentially written for teachers, but they include useful information and ideas for support with difficulties in maths:

Useful websites

Dyslexia.com - a guide for teachers and parents

Dyslexic Help - for parents of dyslexics

BDA Dyslexia - website for British Dyslexia Association – contains a wealth of information for families, dyslexic individuals and professionals

Dyslexia Help - information, help and links to further information for parents and teachers (from Crossbow Education – supplier of a range of dyslexia support materials)

Dyslexia Action - website for national charity providing a range of services for people who struggle with literacy