October is Dyslexia Awareness Month 2021. This is the perfect opportunity to share information, create awareness and focus on a subject I’m incredibly passionate about.
Support, encourage and listen
Learning with dyslexia throws up many different obstacles. Simple tasks are often a struggle and frustration can quickly turn to anxiety. It’s vital that a child with dyslexia receives the necessary support at school and at home so that if anxiety levels do rise, everyone is working together to help. Here you will find a detailed guide on supporting your child with dyslexia-linked anxiety.
Dyslexia Awareness Month: education, education, education
Your child’s teachers need to be aware of the best teaching practices for dyslexia so your child (and every child with dyslexia) has the best chance to succeed. Dyslexia-friendly classrooms are easy to arrange and result in education being accessible to all. Click here to find out how to transform the workspace into an accessible one.
Educating your child’s teachers is just as important as educating your child. As well as dyslexia-friendly classrooms, your child’s teacher also needs to be aware of simple techniques to help them progress through the school year. This guide to the top 40 tips for teachers is an invaluable resource. Share it with everyone involved in your child’s education.
Most of us throughout our life take reading and writing for granted. But, imagine not being able to focus on a page of writing before the letters and words start dancing around. Or perhaps not being able to decode words, or struggling with the physical concept of writing. Dyslexia manifests itself in many different ways and children will show many different symptoms. The way they are educated however is vital to their understanding, confidence and lifelong learning. Multisensory learning is undoubtedly the best for any child with dyslexia. It will also benefit any child in the class so can be easily adapted to suit the classroom as a whole.
Why raise awareness?
Dyslexia affects between 5% and 10% of the entire world’s population and with numbers that high, it’s essential that everyone involved in your child’s education and beyond is aware of what dyslexia is, the symptoms and the myths surrounding it. Dyslexia Awareness Month 2021 is the perfect time to do this.
If you have a dyslexic child, are dyslexic yourself or are a teacher wanting to learn more about it, I hope to inform, educate and create awareness on every aspect of dyslexia over the coming four weeks.
The more we know, the better we can help. Early detection in children as young as 6/7 can nip potential problems in the bud. As you gain knowledge, you will come to see that dyslexia does have some advantages. As a general rule, children with dyslexia are incredibly creative, perceptive and empathetic. There is no reason why they can’t do well at school, no reason why they won’t love to read and no reason why they won’t love to learn. They can be everything they want to be and more with the right support. For inspiration, click here to see which famous celebrities, historical figures and academics are/were dyslexic
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