FREE DIGITAL LEARNING FOR SCHOOLS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

To support schools and their pupils during the worrying times of the coronavirus pandemic, we have extended our offer of the Combo School licence with the multi-sensory learning programs Orthograph (spelling) and Calcularis (mathematics) for free.

This means that up to 500 of your pupils* will have access to our browser-based learning programs until December 31st, 2020.


We are committed to providing educational access to our learning programmes for all schools, thus enabling “digital learning” for all children whether they are shielding at home or back in school.

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Simple But Effective Ways To Make Your Website More Accessible For People With Dyslexia

Over 10% of the European population are living with dyslexia: an estimated 45 million citizens. As Europe’s most widespread learning difficulty, it impacts a significant portion of the population, many of whom may not be diagnosed. Europe and the internet are currently not accommodating for people with learning disabilities like dyslexia. This makes daily life considerably more difficult and may lead to anxiety or confidence issues. Furthermore, the co-occurrence rate of dyslexia with other learning difficulties like dyscalculia is quite high, indicating a definite association. This means that for many living with dyslexia, dyscalculia or anxiety may further compound issues and make education and daily life even more difficult. However, there are simple approaches to web design that can help make sites more accessible for those with dyslexia.

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FREE DIGITAL LEARNING LEARNING AT HOME, DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

To support schools and their pupils during the worrying times of the coronavirus pandemic, we are now offering our Combo School licence with the multi-sensory learning programs Orthograph (spelling) and Calcularis (mathematics) for free for the next 4 months.

This means that up to of your pupils* will have access to our browser-based learning programs until July 31st, 2020.

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Popular Math Apps in the Resource Classroom: Why I Chose Not To Use Them

This is a guest article from Special Education Teacher Monise Seward, you can find out more about her work on her website – http://www.moniseseward.com/

For the last 8 months, my IG and Twitter posts have focused on two main goals; find (a) Dyscalculia and Dyslexia training; and (b) Math Apps and/or curriculum designed with my students’ needs in mind. Both proved to be challenging and time-consuming endeavours, eventually I found one.

Dyscalculia is the Learning Disability you’ve probably never heard of, despite the fact that 5-10% of the population has it. Based on the challenges non-identified students experience, I believe there are more kids (and adults) with Dyscalculia. We simply characterize their struggles as ‘Math anxiety’; at least, in this country. Based on conversations had with U.S. teachers, few are aware of the existence of Dyscalculia. They are unable to identify the characteristics exhibited by students who may have it. Compounded by a lack of training on Dyscalculia, many teachers adhere to a pacing guide that does not allow time for remediation or accommodations.

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Dyscalculia – Spot The Signs

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Signs of Dyscalculia

It’s important to take signs of dyscalculia seriously. At the beginning of school, all children experience occasional difficulties with math. If these problems fail to dissipate with supported homework sessions or additional hours of practice, however, parents and teachers should be on alert for potential dyscalculia.

The following signs can indicate the presence of dyscalculia:


General well-being

  • …has anxiety about going to school
  • …has anxiety about taking tests

  • …has a negative perception of their own intelligence

  • …is withdrawn
  • …expects to fail
  • …displays frustration and a reluctance to try (maths) in other subjects
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Dyscalculia – Identifying and Addressing it in Daily Life

Are you wondering why your child struggles with numbers and finds it difficult to solve the seemingly simple tasks?

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Understanding Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is usually perceived as a specific learning difficulty for mathematics, or, more appropriately, arithmetic. In isolated dyscalculia, there are no deficits in reading or writing. Dyscalculia is classified under WHO ICD-10, a classification system for diseases and mental disorders, as:


“The deficit concerns mastery of basic computational skills of
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division rather than of the more
abstract mathematical skills involved in algebra, trigonometry,
geometry, or calculus.”


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Orthograph & Calcularis – Practical User Tips

Schools that use our learning programs not only use the software for children with learning disabilities, but for entire classes across the school.

The innovative learning programs train the basic skills in spelling and mathematics. They work multi-sensory and adapt individually to each learner. So all students can benefit from it. In order to make the use of our programs in the classroom as profitable as possible, we have put together a few tips, applications and lesson ideas for these schools.

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Upcoming Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and EdTech Conferences 2019

Looking to connect with other dyslexia and dyscalculia therapists, educators, psychologists? Or wanting to exchange experiences with other parents of children with learning disabilities? There are a number of conferences coming up in 2019 focused on dyslexia and dyscalculia. Have a look at the list below!


Dyslexia Association of Singapore – Preschool Seminar 2019

20th March – Singapore, SG

Back by popular demand for the 7th year, the Preschool Seminar 2019 is a seminar organised by Preschool professionals from Specialised Educational Services (SES), a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. 

Preschool practitioners from the Dyslexia Association of Singapore will share about educating the young ones and also tips and tricks to support the weaker learners. Featuring two keynote speakers who will discuss social-emotional competence as well as learning in young children, the Preschool Seminar 2019 also includes 4 breakout workshops in various topics.

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Open call – Looking for Schools to Trial Calcularis and Orthograph!

Great news!

We are looking for primary schools in the UK to trial our Dybuster softwares! You will receive the softwares for free for the duration of the 1 to 3 months. These softwares will help your pupils to tackle their learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia in an interactive and fun way. There is no obligation to subscribe afterwards, but we would love some feedback! Interested?

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A Guide To Preparing For Parenthood With A Disability

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When you’re expecting a baby, it’s normal to spend hours on end thinking about the ways in which you will have to prepare your life and home for the arrival of a new family member. These anxieties are significantly amplified for expecting parents living with a disability. You may be keenly aware of how to adapt your life to your disability, but it’s not as obvious when you have to consider how a brand new life fits in.

But don’t worry – every parent goes through this. Your disability offers a different sort of challenge, but that doesn’t mean that preparing for parenthood has to be a logistical and emotional ordeal.

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