Does It Really Matter?
SpLD Central Speaker Beccie Hawes, leader of Rushall's Inclusion Advisory Team, wonders if a young man at the centre of a ‘protractorgate’ situation is dyslexic. Often, as a result of being dyslexic, organisation and memory difficulties are experienced. Beccie wonders if his possible dyslexia has always been missed because it has been masked by a whole host of small things that became the wrong focus.
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"Sometimes we ‘phonic’ children and it doesn’t work, and quite often these children have been phoniced for two or three years before someone scratches their head and says “I thinks we need to do something different!”
An article by Beccie Hawes, leader of Rushall's Inclusion Advisory Team, near Walsall.
In these digital days we can forget how much children enjoy card games. Apart from the social interaction involved in playing card games, the multisensory processes involved – kinaesthetic (making and manipulating the cards), visual, and auditory (reading them out and listening to each other) contribute to effective learning as well as to the enjoyment of the activity.
Crossbow's award-winning reading rulers (SEN Product of the year 2014: the Visual Stress Collection) are one of the least expensive and most effective reading interventions available today. Combining tracking support with visual stress relief, they are convenient and unobtrusive, and often preferred to full page overlays. Research from Birkbeck College showed that they can increase reading speed by up to 32%. Available in single or mixed colours. Price shown is for a mixed pack of ten.
Visual Stress assessment should be carried out for all weak readers by the end of key stage one. The award-winning visual stress assessment pack is the ideal tool, as the assessment can be carried out by non-specialists and will identify the children whose reading is severely impeded by distorted print or other symptoms. The children who just need a reading ruler or coloured overlay to increase their reading speed by 25% or more can be quickly identified with this resource.
Sometimes called "dyslexia tinted exercise books", tinted notebooks and pads can boost both learning and self-confidence for students with visual stress. Dyslexia tinted exercise books is not an accurate term, as not everyone with dyslexia has visual stress: About 35% of dyslexics actually have visual stress and are likely to benefit from one. Using a tinted exercise book means that a child with visual stress is likely to produce clearer, more accurate work.
Six sets of decodable phonic books give older struggling readers a chance to go back to basics while they enjoy the adventures of Zak, Alba and others in these excellent stories.
The Magic Belt, Totem, and Talisman series follow a quest in a world of magic and monsters; Alba is minituarized by an evil scientist as she tries to save the last apple pip in the world, and disaster strikes when Erin is babysitting her baby brother. Dyslexia-friendly text covers L & S from phase 2-6.
These tinted A4 magnetic marker boards are fun, practical, and a great confidence-booster for young children with visual stress who are learning to form letters using a dry-wipe board. Available in six colours, individually or in a mixed pack of six.