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Halloween and dyslexia

Dyslexia-Friendly Reads for Halloween

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Spooky season is almost here and many of our little ‘ghouls’ look forward to Halloween. Here at Dyslexia First we love Halloween, the dressing up and all those sweets are obviously fun but we also love it for the learning opportunities it presents.

In this blog we have collated our top Halloween themed books for dyslexic learners.

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Top tips to prepare your dyslexic child for another successful year at school.

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That’s it, another summer holidays have come to an end. Whilst we might breathe a small sigh of relief and look forward to enjoying a cup of tea before it goes cold, our parental concerns start to shift towards how we can best prepare our children for another successful year at school.

In this blog we’ll take you through some key tips to help prepare your dyslexic child for the return to school.

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Dyslexia and Video Games 101

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Love them or hate them, as parents, our children can’t get enough of video games! Whilst regulating their use is important to ensuring a child’s healthy development, during the school holidays there’s always going to be those weather-dependent days where activity options are limited, and video games can help ease the boredom factor. For those drizzly days, video games have become a popular choice for people of all ages.

is dyslexia genetic

Is Dyslexia genetic? A superpower passed down the family tree.

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At Dyslexia First we consider dyslexia a superpower. A superpower that with better awareness and early diagnosis, can unlock huge potential. You see, there’s lots of reasons to be relentlessly positive about dyslexia.

In this blog, we explore a popular area of speculation, whether Dyslexia is genetic. It is time to put your biology hats on as we guide you through the fascinating research behind this area. Don’t worry, we promise to keep the science jargon to a minimum.

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Is there a link between Dyslexia and Creative thinking?

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The relationship between dyslexia and creativity has ignited lively discussions, and piques the curiosity of many. While perspectives differ on whether dyslexics are inherently more creative, there is much to celebrate and appreciate.

In this blog post, we delve into the dyslexia-creativity debate, highlighting the vibrant and diverse paths of creative expression that dyslexic individuals contribute to the world. Who doesn’t love a debate?

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Exam Season Tips and Support for Dyslexics: How to Prepare and Succeed

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With exam season fast approaching, dyslexic students can often face additional challenges in preparing for and sitting exams.

In this blog post, we’ll provide advice and tips for dyslexic students and also offer guidance on how teachers, parents, and friends can support them during this time. Let’s help empower dyslexic learners and leave them feeling confident walking into exams!

Easter learning perfect for dyslexic children

Why is Easter the perfect time for dyslexic children to learn

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Holidays are great, no timetable to stick to, lazy mornings and late nights. But, when it comes to dyslexia it’s good to continue some learning alongside enjoying that valuable time off.

No parent wants a battle over homework, or for their home to become an environment where learning becomes too stressful. However, encouraging a dyslexic child to learn at home adds an additional dimension of challenges. A fortnight off school or nursery, can be hugely appealing and incredibly daunting all at the same time.

How to use technology to give dyslexic learners a boost

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Dyslexia can impact everything from a child’s reading and writing to their verbal communication, and ultimately the way they process and remember information. For a child who is already trying to overcome these challenges the classroom can feel a bit like a pressure cooker. Firstly, without the adequate support they can feel out of their depth. This can result in low self-esteem and even anxiety, which can then impact their ability to learn even more.

But there are many ways to create a dyslexia friendly learning environment, from different fonts to learning aids. There’s even some digital wizardry that can support reading and spelling! Let’s talk about how technology could give your child’s learning a boost, and their classmates too!

Dyslexia and Mental Health in Children

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You might be wondering what mental health has to do with dyslexia, after all it’s a neurological condition not a mental health issue but left undiagnosed it can have a devastating impact which can lead to longer term mental health problems.

Dyslexia: Getting the facts straight

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Although it’s commonly believed to be a difficulty with reading and writing, in reality that is a consequence of dyslexia. In fact, dyslexia is a neurological issue which affects the way the brain processes information. This means that anyone with dyslexia can have difficulty processing and remembering information and it can impact on many areas of life, not only reading accurately and writing fluently, but also organisational skills, coordination and memory.

But this same neurological difference can mean that dyslexics often have real strengths in reasoning and creative or visual fields. Having dyslexia is absolutely not a sign of a child’s intelligence, it’s actually the gap between their ability and achievement. Once that gap has been identified it’s just a case of working out the best way to bridge it.