Tuesday, 26th October 2021

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia

“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 'Assessing Dyslexia' Toolkit developed by Dyslexia Scotland's Working Group, March 2011.)

Common Dyslexic difficulties may include a range of challenges:


Practical strategies to try at home: 

  • Be positive: build on personal strengths to help increase self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Be patient: patiently teach life skills e.g. tying shoe laces, telling the time, getting organised.
  • Be watchful: recognise signs of stress, extreme tiredness, anxiety, isolation.  Acknowledge extra effort.
  • Be concerned: if you are concerned about lack of progress, anxiety, lack of motivation  etc
    approach the classroom teacher to raise your concerns. 
  • Be practical: teach through play!
    • Read aloud as much as possible e.g. stories, packets, newspapers, comics, billboards, anything! 
    • Play games to develop visual memory e.g. Word Lotto, Kim’s game, Pelmanism.
    • Play games to develop visual discrimination e.g. Dominoes, Picture Lotto, Spot the Difference.
    • Play activities to develop auditory memory e.g. reciting rhymes, songs, jingles, alphabet.
    • Play games to develop phonological awareness e.g. I Spy, Tongue Twisters, Rhyming pairs.
    • Play games which improve listening skills e.g. Simon Says, Chinese Whispers, Sounds Bingo.

Practical strategies to discuss with school:

  • Establish the big picture in school i.e. how any difficulties affect learning, both academic and social.  
  • Discuss additional support needs (ASN) and establish how individual needs will be met.
  • Discuss and agree homework expectations.
  • Discuss exam arrangements including exam concessions.

Motorvate OffersWhat can Motorvate offer?

  • Advice and support as appropriate.
  • Diagnostic Literacy Assessments which will identify specific reading, spelling, comprehension difficulties and suggest intervention strategies to address individual needs. 
  • Assessment of auditory skills and visual skills.
  • Dyslexia Screener, a computer assessment which indicates dyslexic type difficulties.
  • Detailed written report of assessment results and individualised strategies
  • Liaise as appropriate with parents/carers and school.
  • Intervention sessions within a group setting to address literacy difficulties which will also build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Individual intervention sessions to address literacy difficulties which will also build confidence and self-esteem.



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