I think my child is Dyslexic: what support is available?

11 October 2019

Norwood helps families and schools establish whether children have literacy difficulties, understand exactly what these difficulties are, and offer advice and support so they make good progress at school.

Norwood’s educational services offer a variety of strategies for pupils with literacy difficulties, with the view to enhance both their technical reading and writing skills, and their self-esteem. We strive to help every pupil see themselves as a successful learner. Strategies might be using multi-sensory learning (e.g. writing in sand), using particular kinds of contrast between writing and background etc. Our teachers and therapists use specialist approaches, learning schemes and resources. We complement this work , with support to school staff. Awareness of the nature and implications of literacy difficulties is extremely important in the classroom context. Teachers aware of pupils with such challenges in their class would be well advised, for example, to make clear at the beginning of the class what is going to be learned and finishing off with a clear summary. It is wise to only demand reading and writing when these are tied in with particular learning goals; so, openers can be sometimes verbal to make sure pupils with dyslexia aren’t ‘lost’ immediately. Above all, we advocate truly inclusive practice, which means that it is always crucial to remember that their difficulties aside, dyslexic children will have strengths and talents which should be drawn upon in the classroom.

In short, combining individual specialist support with systemic support for schools and parents ensure that we target the specific challenges dyslexic children face, as well and promote inclusive, flexible educational practice.

 

Maya at the messy play session