Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. It’s estimated that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia. In fact, I bet you know someone IRL that has dyslexia. It was said that Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso had some form of dyslexia, and the ever successful Richard Branson and Steven Spielberg are also dyslexic. It’s certainly an interesting topic to discuss, yet there are often not enough of these discussions at home, or in schools.
So what are the signs of dyslexia?
- A person with dyslexia may:
- read and write very slowly
- confuse the order of letters in words
- put letters the wrong way round – such as writing “b” instead of “d”
- have poor or inconsistent spelling
- understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that’s written down
- find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions
- struggle with planning and organisation
However, people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving. Dyslexia is lifelong problem that can present challenges on a daily basis, but support is available to improve reading and writing skills and help those with the problem be successful at school and work. CPD Bytes is a specialist provider of professional development courses focused on dyslexia and disability – raising awareness and recognising the signs. Their dyslexia training courses look at strategies and policies centred on inclusion and equality and are ideal for schools, further & higher education and even parents.
There are many different courses that available worldwide from CPD Bytes, and both teachers and parents can access free courses, and more in-depth courses, to ensure that they can support and understand their pupils, or children, with dyslexia. They can also help to discover the impact of unrecognised dyslexia on learning, behaviour and self-esteem and explore how dyslexic difficulties are often mistaken for something else in young children and teenagers.
Some children hide their dyslexia well and the course content explores some of the strategies used by children with dyslexia to cope with any learning difficulties they experience, as sadly all too often seen these are seen as behaviour or attitude problems before diagnosis.
Examples of this are;
- The child becoming withdrawn and uncooperative in the home and especially in school
- Disruptive in class and ‘not paying attention’
- Truant classes, and school regularly, resulting in falling even further behind in class
Case studies are included in the courses that illustrate how the difficulties faced by children and young people whose dyslexia is not recognised or supported might develop into behaviours that may have serious long-term consequences.
The course also explores other neuro-developmental conditions (some also known as specific learning difficulties or SpLD) that may be co-occur alongside dyslexia. Co-occurrence (or co-morbidity) is either the presence of one or more disorders in addition to dyslexia or the effect of these on dyslexia.
The guides are intended to help teachers make reasonable adjustments to their delivery of the curriculum and remove barriers to learning that are often experienced by dyslexic learners. Is packed with practical information and tips for subject teachers on how to give dyslexic learners the best chance of academic success