If you haven’t found them yet ‘Dyslexia is our Superpower’ podcasts are the best. Positive stories of dyslexic people from all over the world gathered in one place. They explore all the big questions; growing up dyslexic, what would have helped, and what didn’t, life choices and how we found a way to thrive. The interviewer, Gibby Booth is an inspirational speaker, author and entrepreneur. She lives in the US, is dyslexic herself, and is passionate about the positives of being dyslexic.Read More
I have spent the last few weeks fine-tuning a dyslexia friendly font. It was created simply because I couldn't find 'the perfect font' even after looking at all the dyslexia friendly fonts that already exist. The fonts all has issues-Read More
One of the biggest challenges facing children with dyslexia is connecting the unconnected.
We have to make these connections every time we match a word with its meaning, link a word to its spelling pattern or a letter to its sound. A huge part of becoming literate is remembering unconnected pairings. These pairings, which quickly become automatic for so many children often don’t for children with dyslexia. Typically, young children with dyslexia will either…Read More
Mind mapping is often recommended as a way to support children with dyslexia. It is often suggested as a way to help with planning longer written work or sketching out ideas. It is a great way of reducing the number of words a child has to read and write to access and record information. However, mind maps can play a much more fundamental role in learning and revision.Read More
Many teachers and parents find it hard to tell a child they have dyslexia. It is a ‘lifelong learning disorder’ after all, and who wants to have one of those. Even the British Dyslexia Association describes it as ‘a lifelong, usually genetic, inherited condition’. It doesn’t sound like good news. And this brings me to my first point…. The do’s and don'ts of breaking the news.Read More
If dyslexia runs in your family you may have a good idea that your child is dyslexic long before professionals are ready to acknowledge it, or support and assess them. However, it is increasingly clear that early intervention is critical, so here are the warning signs and how you can give your child the best start.Read More
BAD HANDWRITING CAN BE A SIGN OF HARD WORK - I wrote this in my book, but feel it is actually SO important I would like to share it more widely. It is something we get wrong time and time again. In forcing children to focus on their handwriting, spelling and punctuation we limit their ability to think and crush their creativity, the very things that are most likely to help them as adults with dyslexia.Read More