Many teachers feel under confident in recognising the signs of dyslexia.
It is crucial to recognise the strengths as well as the weaknesses and support pupils as early as possible.Hopefully, this will avoid lack of confidence and self-esteem, which can lead to behaviour and mental health problems.
Sharon Hendry’s report (Sunday Times October 28th, 2018), highlighted the fact that children with needs are not receiving the understanding and specific support they should be in schools. She reports an increase in the number of these ‘disruptive’ but intelligent students being expelled. This can lead to unemployment and in some cases a life of crime.
In 2013 the then Lord Chancellor Rt Hon Chris Grayling stated the percentage of young offenders who were dyslexic: ‘A high proportion of them – maybe more than half – will have dyslexia (43-57%). That compares with just 10 percent in the population as a whole.’
I provide training to school staff on the following:
Recognising strengths and weaknesses of dyslexia.
Easy and practical strategies to support literacy difficulties.
Visualisation techniques to support memory and understanding.