IMPROVING LIVES: Autism and Learning Difficulties

Last week we were in Manchester at Improving Lives: Autism and Learning Difficulties, a conference by Open Forum Events. It was a true eye-opener and gave us a true understanding of current thinking on the topics from a huge list of expert speakers who have an incredible amount of first-hand experience and knowledge. Not only were there many professionals at the event, but people also shared their amazing and inspiring success stories that showed us how it can be made possible and what needs to be done for a better future of neurodiversity. In this article we have highlighted some of the talks from the event, it was difficult to choose, as the day was crammed with incredible presentations.

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Weekly Roundup: Improving Lives & A Students View On Dyslexia

Improving Lives: Autism and learning difficulties

Last week we were in Manchester at Improving Lives: Autism and Learning Difficulties, a conference by Open Forum Events. It was a true eye-opener and gave a true understanding of current thinking on the topics from a huge list of expert speakers who have an incredible amount of first-hand experience and knowledge. Not only were there professionals at the event, but some amazing and inspiring success stories that showed us how it can be made possible and what needs to be done for a better future of neurodiversity.

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Top Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Events This Week!

by Daniela Sherer

Fundamentals of Dyslexia Aware Therapeutic Mentoring

This stimulating 2 day intensive workshop offers understanding of and practical applications to address the emotional repercussions of dyslexia.  It is appropriate for all those who support dyslexic people such as counsellors, trainers, supervisors, social workers, youth workers, tutors, teachers, teaching assistants, managers etc.

The workshop has been designed as a foundation for professionals, who already have a basic understanding and practice of working with dyslexia, who wish to enhance their work within a basic counselling/coaching framework with a therapeutic element.

If you are looking to further develop your skills and confidence in working with dyslexic clients using the GroOops approach, or add some new techniques to your tool box, this is the course for you.

Day 1:

A familiarisation of how dyslexia can present itself; strengths and weaknesses; life course experiences; the raft of emotional repercussions that can occur and why.

Day 2:

Focuses specifically on practice.  This training is highly experiential, making use of personal experiences, case studies, videos, small groups, creative experiential exercises and live supervision demonstrations.

Integrated are aspects of psycho-educational approaches, mindfulness, neuroscience, counselling skills and positive psychology.

Cost: £150

To find out more, please go to GroOps website or send an email toinfo@grooops.org

 

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia Awareness Week & Dyscalculia Facts

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Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017

This week was the UK’s Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017. It ran from last Monday 2nd October until today, Sunday 8th October 2017 with World Dyslexia Day on Thursday 5th October. The theme for the week was Positive about Dyslexia, it was great to see so much positivity spread over the internet as with such learning difficulties is all too easy to focus on the negatives. We saw the actor Charley Boorman share his refreshing personal experiences of dyslexia and how he believes in the truly positive aspects of the disability.

#positivedyslexia2017

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Weekly Roundup: Top Events & How To Make Your Classroom Dyslexia Friendly

Top Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Events This Week!

There are so many exciting events coming up this week on our calendar and surely there are even more out there to be discovered! We list all the events we come across that relate to dyslexia and dyscalculia in the English language so we could have events listed anywhere in the world, so take a look maybe there is something happening near you…

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Do you have Dyscalculia and how do you get a Diagnosis?

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Recently someone got in touch with us through the blog about how to get a diagnosis of dyscalculia, more specifically for adults. The person who contacted us as with many others has lived their life believing that their difficulties with maths was all their fault, this is largely due to the dyscalculia only being recognised fairly recently and so a lot of people went undiagnosed. Finding out that it is a real learning difficulty is a great relief for them, its also not just a relief but a chance to find a way to challenge dyscalculia because once you know you have it you can treat it.

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Weekly Roundup: Check out Calcularis & School Hints & Tips

Check out Calcularis, Software for Dyscalculia

Earlier this week we posted an introduction video to Dybuster’s Calcularis, software to help those with have difficulties in mathematics and are affected by dyscalculia. As you will in the introduction video there are tutorials built directly into the Calcularis software so the user can never feel lost and concentrate on the enjoyment of the learning games. Why not watch the video and see what you think? Even if you or your child doesn’t struggle with maths Calcularis is great for keeping your mathematical brain active and powerful, click here to try for free!

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What is Dyslexia and how can Technology Help with its Symptoms?

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that results in reading and writing difficulties. Dyslexia is found in populations around the world, however rates can be particularly high in countries where the written language uses irregular spelling or features combinations of letters with different sound possibilities. English is full of these combinations (such as the ‘ou’ in cough and through) as well as different spellings that all make the same sound (such as the ‘o’ sound in stole, coal, and bowl). It is estimated that 15% of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia.

Dyslexic people have chronic difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling. Despite being bright and motivated, a child with dyslexia will have great difficulty making connections between spoken and written language. Dyslexics may be intelligent and creative people but suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety brought on by their learning disability.

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Weekly Roundup: What is it like to be Dyslexic?, Learning takes Brain Acrobatics, Top Ten Resources for Teachers.

What is it like to be Dyslexic?

This is a fantastic exaggerated representation of what it is like to be dyslexic by Josh Penn – a dyslexic student of visual communication. The narrative-like video is intended to mediate the experience of being dyslexic to those that do not have Dyslexia.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE DYSLEXIC? – UNIVERSITY MINOR PROJECT from Josh Penn Design on Vimeo.

 

Learning Takes Brain Acrobatics

This article cropped up in the midst of last week and really struck a cord with our followers. The article explains how the flexibility of our brains is very important for learning, health and our happiness. It covers how synapses form and strengthen, while others weaken, making way for new connections and how the brain takes in new information and holds onto it. There is still a lot more to discover on this subject as the research is just getting started, but the discoveries so far are pretty exciting and I’m sure there are a more to come! Read more here.

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Top 10 Best Back to School Resources for Teachers

Last week we compiled a list of the top 10 resources for teachers to help them bring more excitement to the first weeks back in school! We have scoured the Internet for these resources it includes websites such as tes.com and busyteacher.org, if you have any resources/websites you think should be added to the list please do get in touch and comment below.

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Top 10 Best Back to School Resources for Teachers

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School is here and its not just the students who need to prepare for their return its also the teachers! So Dybuster has compiled a helpful list of the top ten online resources for all you educators out there enabling you and your students to have a great start to the year.

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