Dyslexia is a learning disability. It affects a person’s abilities in reading, writing, and spelling. A person with dyslexia may find it difficult to recognise sounds of certain words and letters, correct spellings, difficulty in understanding sequence of directions, they find it difficult to understand information or instructions that are written down then told verbally, and they get confused between certain letters like ‘b’ and’. However, people with dyslexia are good at creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Everyone should understand that dyslexia is not related to a person’s intelligence level but their ability with learning.
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.
Dyslexia isn’t just a challenge faced by children at school. Many professionals in the working world struggle with dyslexia on a daily basis. In fact, over 6 million adults in the U.K., or nearly 15% of the population over the age of 18 have dyslexia. With dyslexia, it can be more difficult to complete work or training sessions in a timely manner, and it can be challenging to connect with fellow employees. It’s crucial that workplaces take steps to help include and support differently abled employees, including those who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. Here are just a few of the ways that employers and co-workers can work to create a warm and welcoming environment for employees with dyslexia.
The summer holidays are sadly coming to an end. The adventurous days with family and friends, the long summer evenings outdoors and the enjoyable sleep in the next morning have made the last few weeks really great. So that nothing stands in the way of a successful re-entry into the school life, we have some tips for you.
Organisation, Organisation, Organisation!
Pencils sharpened, coloured pencils, ruler and protractor are ready, the first day of school is here! A new classroom, schoolbooks and unknown faces – a new school year always brings some changes and some challenges. The best way to support your child is to ensure that everything is prepared and organised to allow the first days to run as smoothly as possible.
Step one: Make sure that they have the necessary school supplies.
Step two: Clarify when any extracurricular activities take place and hang up the new timetable in a visible place in your home.
Developmental dyscalculia can be either genetic or environmental and even an interaction of the two. It is a specific learning disability that affects the normal acquisition of arithmetic skills. It is equally common in boys and girls and impacts on 5-6% of the population.
Genetic causes include known genetic disorders such as Turner’s syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Velocardiofacial syndrome, Williams syndrome. In addition studies suggest that there are genes present in the general population which increase the risk of dyscalculia.
School, homework, music lessons, ballet, football training, an evening class…
All family homes are busy and active spaces, as we perform everyday life tasks in a growing family. Everything is run on a tight schedule, appointments are squeezed in and the children are busier than ever. However a recent study shows that over-organized activities can negatively affect children’s brains. That’s why many professionals are calling for a return to a more free and relaxed way of educating your child – a more outdoor and natural way.
1. Aditi Shankardass – A Second Opinion On Learning Disorders
Aditi Shankardass looks at developmental disorders in children, which are typically diagnosed through the observation of the child’s behaviour. She suggests that it is necessary to not stop there and also study brain reactions. She tells a story of misdiagnosis and how correcting these have transformed children’s lives.
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.
An important step has been taken by British citizens who started a petition aiming to make dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia testing free on the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.
Today a cost of such test costs around £500, which is not affordable for many British families. While schools may help with the costs of a test if they believe one is necessary, they are not obliged to do so. Therefore many young British children are not diagnosed at a young age, leading them to have difficulties while learning, feeling discouraged and in some cases being bullied by their classmates.
Diagnosing learning disabilities at an early age needs to be a national goal and would help many children and avoid mental health issues in the future.
If you are eligible, please don’t to forget to sign the petition here.
If you’ve spent any time reading up on interventions for learning disabilities then you have probably come across the term multi-sensory learning. The phrase pops up fairly often in descriptions of dyslexia therapies, for example. But what exactly is multi-sensory learning, other than a buzzword? Read on to find out.
We absorb information in many different ways. Sometimes we learn by seeing, such as when we read a text. Or we may learn by hearing, as when a teacher explains a lesson to us.