Dyslexia Awareness Week at saltash.net

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Dyslexia Awareness Week 2nd-6th October 2017

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific literacy difficulty caused by a defect in the brain’s processing of graphic symbols. It causes the brain to alter the way it processes written material and is identified by difficulties in word recognition, spelling and decoding of words.

Traits of dyslexia include:

  • Difficulty in learning to read.
  • Reaching milestones later.
  • Slow speech development.
  • Slow at learning sets of data e.g. alphabet.
  • Poor co-ordination.
  • Confuses left and right.
  • Reversal of letters/numbers.
  • Poor memory of spelling.
  • Speech problems caused by a phonological processing delay.
  • Poor concentration span.
  • Problems sequencing ideas.
  • Auto immune conditions e.g. hay fever, asthma, eczema

Why are we celebrating Dyslexia Awareness Week?

The week is an annual event to raise awareness of dyslexia within schools and the workplace. It is estimated that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK have some degree of dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a hidden disability and the most common learning difficulty.

We are trying to raise awareness of Dyslexia across the school to help the students realise that dyslexia is a common difficulty and that they can still progress at school and move on into the careers they would like to do.

What are we doing this week?

We have a range of activities happening this week including:

  • Tutor time activities – a quiz or range of videos that form tutors can show
  • Staff Training – This will help staff to be more aware of the difficulties that a student with dyslexia can face as well as give them a few tips which can support dyslexic learners within the classroom
  • A competition
  • A daily top tip on the school bulletin

Dyslexia organisations

British Dyslexia Organisations – http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

Dyslexia Cornwall – http://www.dyslexiacornwall.org.uk/

5 top tips for dyslexic students

  • Always start homework as early as possible and break down into smaller chunks – this gives you time to ask teachers for help if needed.
  • Stay motivated! Don’t give up when things are difficult – we are all here to help.
  • What I learnt was that dyslexia was not an excuse for being unable to do something, rather a reason why you have to work harder than some others to achieve success – Mrs Powell (Science Technician)
  • Fellow dyslexics, you are not thick, just wired slightly differently; determination, grit and a sense of humour about it will get you there in the end – Mr Stokes (Geography Teacher, Head of Year 9)
  • Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid – Albert Einstein (Theoretical Physicist)