We have launched a series of webinars on the graduated approach to SEND support which have been created and presented by Moira Thomson MBE, Education Director of CPD Bytes. These webinars provide flexible training which is ideal for SENCOs, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Mentors, Study Support Tutors, The Senior Leadership Team and Disability Officers.
Watch the first in the series of three webinars.
Dyslexic learners constantly meet barriers to learning across the curriculum and may become discouraged very quickly due to lack of initial success in some subject classes. This can result in subject teachers assuming that these individuals are inattentive or lazy, when they are actually working much harder than their classmates, though with little apparent effect.
Success in musical activity can boost a dyslexic student’s self-esteem and may even encourage re-visiting other learning where performance was previously poor. Difficulties experienced by people who have dyslexia in music will not be the same in each case, and general characteristics of dyslexia – such as problems affecting reading, writing will impact on learning generally. Dyslexia may adversely affect specific aspects of music such as:
- Interpreting musical notation
- Visual processing of written music
- Manual dexterity
We all experience barriers to learning at some time – some as young children learning to read and others as adults trying to pass a driving test. However, while we might expect adults to be able to deal with the barriers they encounter, some young children may be meeting barriers to success for the first time, and be ill-equipped to resolve the issues they experience.
Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW) 2015 will be held from October 5-11 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland it will be held from November 2-8.
They are also running their No Pens Wednesday on 7th October with The Communication Trust.
‘Back to school and now the meltdowns will start every evening,’ so says the mother of a 12 year old boy with dyslexia and dyspraxia. School can be a sad and lonely place for a child, especially for one who is in any way different. When this mother put her comment on the web, many parents suggested changing schools. That is certainly one option worth considering but change can be stressful and in any case most children have friends they would have to leave behind.
It is vital that children find their feet socially otherwise their academic work will suffer. Unfortunately children with dyspraxia and dyslexia often take longer to process ideas and may have poor co-ordination. In the competitive world of school they may feel the outsider, the last to be picked for sports, the one who slows down the team in quizzes. Sometimes children with dyslexia get put into a lower set and may ‘get in with the wrong crowd’ and then struggle to escape it. If you suspect that this is the case, talk to teachers and see if your child can be moved to other groups
Are your teachers and TA’s up-to-date on how to support pupils with SEND in the classroom? If not, then you need to know about CPD Bytes. Learn online at your own pace, in your own home, the time and cost efficient way.
Alasdair Andrew tells us more about the company he helped to found and what it can offer you and your teaching staff.