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My Specialist Experience Teaching Children with Dyslexia

I have undertaken much research into best practice and ways to support children with Dyslexia, including a research project in an Outstanding school which implemented changes to support children from 4 – 11 years with dyslexia or dyslexic-like attributes (including children without a formal diagnosis). When working with children with dyslexia, I develop the sessions around their specific learning needs and how the form of dyslexia affects their learning specifically; sometimes I may be working to support their reading, writing, listening, speaking, organisational skills or processing needs or a combination. I use a range of visual and practical resources to support reading, writing and spelling challenges and can recommend dyslexia friendly books and resources to ignite an enjoyment of reading and avoid what can be an arduous task, becoming a dreaded one. It can help to use coloured overlays over text to support children as a different colour can improve their reading fluency – this can also influence the colour of paper we use to write on; all depending on what suits your child best. I can also develop a spelling programme to cover the curriculum stage your child is working at - EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and I can incorporate handwriting and presentation skills into sessions. I like to make these sessions practical by using hands on resources and developing muscle memory. For writing, I encourage children to discuss and verbally organise their ideas, then use writing frames and planners to draft them before converting them into a written piece and finally self-assessing, evaluating and improving their work which will arm them with the skills they need to become more independent writers. These sessions boost the child’s confidence by giving them skills and strategies which they can take with them to school and beyond.

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