Blogs & Articles
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!
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.
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!
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.
Buying the perfect gift is never easy, no matter who you are buying for, but the great news is there are a wide variety of toys and games out there that are fun to play whilst also having an added educational benefit for dyslexic children. This matters, because although we’re all in need of a rest by the time the big day finally arrives, it’s really important for dyslexic children to make sure that a break from school doesn’t result in a complete break from learning and progressing.
Children with dyslexia often have to work harder than non-dyslexic children and so they are determined to prove how dyslexia will not hold them back. It can be frustrating for them so as a parent/guardian or teacher, it’s worth taking the time to really listen and understand the child and the struggles they are facing.
Every individual with dyslexia experiences it differently and will have a mix of strengths and difficulties. They are often strong in other areas such as creativity and have the ability to think outside the box so you help them to make the most of their dyslexic skills.
It’s important to spread awareness about dyslexia so it is understood more, and people can spot the signs and get a diagnosis. This will open up a world of support and allows accessibility to resources and ways of doing things to be easier.
Dyslexia shouldn’t hold a person back, no matter what age. Every year in October there is dyslexia awareness week but we should strive to raise awareness all year round.
Most of us have heard of dyslexia but there are still misconceptions.
School can be an exciting but also daunting period for a child as well as the parents/guardians, whether that be starting a new school or going into a new year group.
October is often when the first parents evening of the academic year takes place. This is a time for teachers to talk about how your child is performing in school but it’s also a time to voice any concerns you may have.
You may have noticed indicators of dyslexia when your child is at home doing day to day tasks or when they are completing their homework. It is also more likely that your child will have dyslexia if your family has a history of it.