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Dyslexia: A parents' guide to dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties by Valerie Muter ,. Helen Likierman. Many children spend their entire school lives struggling with their school work. Research has shown that at least per cent of children with apparently normal learning ability will have a significant problem with school learning. They may feel that whatever they do it is not good enough - either for their parents, their teachers or indeed themselves. This can often Many children spend their entire school lives struggling with their school work.
This can often result in feelings of demoralisation, and even alienation from learning and school. This book aims to address these issues and to help parents understand and deal with them.
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Dyslexia: A Parents' Guide starts by correcting common misconceptions of learning difficulties that are rife in the press and popular literature, and addresses the conflicting approaches and advice from 'experts'. This authoritative guide then moves through diagnosis — with information on dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, discalculia and more — to offering practical and easy tips to enable parents to help their child overcome their learning difficulty. Both authors are practising psychologists with extensive knowledge and experience of children's learning difficulties. They will show parents how to develop a successful approach to assessing and subsequently managing their child's difficulties.
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Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities and disorders
Start your review of Dyslexia: A parents' guide to dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. Hannah rated it really liked it Jul 13, Susannah rated it really liked it Apr 16, What are exam access arrangements? How do I know what access arrangements my child needs? When should my child use a laptop? Dyslexia manifests itself in many different ways. The most common symptoms of dyslexia are problems encountered with any of the following: reading, writing, spelling, organisation, memory, word retrieval and speed of processing.
You may have noticed difficulties with some of these. However, if a group of these symptoms persist beyond the time when the average child has grown out of them, this may indicate dyslexia and expert advice should be sought. If you are concerned that your child may have dyslexia, first discuss this with your child's class teacher. The SENCo may be able to carry out assessment or screening to give an indication of possible dyslexic difficulties. As a starting point, you could come and have a consultation with one of our experienced professionals in order to gain a better understanding of what is going on.
We can then work together to see if an assessment is appropriate. If you decide that you would like to have your child assessed, visit our Assessments page to complete the required forms. Dyslexia can be identified by a series of straightforward tests tailored to be taken by anybody from the ages of 4 or 5 upwards. However, identifying dyslexia in younger children can be difficult for both parents and teachers, because the signs and symptoms are not always obvious.
Many children develop ways of compensating for their dyslexia which can mask their difficulties. It is useful to identify dyslexia early as this means a person has more time to develop the coping strategies to meet individual challenges. They can provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses which can be used to guide the development of in-school support for the child.
The Screening results can give useful evidence to justify a request for a full assessment. Because dyslexia can exist on a continuum from mild to severe, difficulties may not be noticed in the early years, particularly with children who may have developed strategies to compensate for difficulties. Until recently, a child was deemed to either have or not have dyslexia. It is now recognised that there is no sharp dividing line between having a learning difficulty such as dyslexia and not having it. The continuum, from mild to severe, helps to account for the differences in how pupils respond to support and intervention.
It is quite difficult to decide how early an assessment should take place because some of the characteristics of dyslexia can be noted in the normal development of young children. However, if the child has not made the expected progress throughout the first year of school then at that point a formal assessment could be considered.
Schools may use a dyslexia screening test to give an indication of possible dyslexic difficulties and will then put in place relevant support for your child. An Educational Psychologist assessment provides the more detailed analysis needed for those with more severe or complex learning differences.
At Helen Arkell we believe that the assessment is just the beginning of your journey to understand what a diagnosis of dyslexia means to you and your child. When your child has been assessed by a Helen Arkell Specialist Assessor HASA , we offer a follow up phone call or meeting with the assessor in order to ensure that you have the opportunity to ask any questions, or clarify information. These presentations are held at the Centre and are usually scheduled termly.
The presenters give an overview of some of the key aspects of a report and explain terminology such as working memory, phonological awareness etc. At Helen Arkell we also run a subsidised 6 week, half day Course for Parents , which offers many practical ideas about how parents can help at home. There is a lot of overlap between the signs and symptoms of dyspraxia and dyslexia.
There may be additional problems planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought. Although dyspraxia may occur in isolation it frequently coexists with other conditions such as: dyslexia, the term used to describe a difficulty in learning to read, write and spell; Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ADHD ; language disorders and; social, emotional and behavioural impairments.
For many children mainstream schooling will meet their needs. The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils CReSTeD maintains a register of schools and learning centres which meet their criteria for the teaching of pupils with specific learning difficulties. This may help them to discover more about the way they learn and strategies that can be put in place to support their difficulties. This extra support can be for a short period of time or for longer should your child need it.
Follow this link to read more about Specialist Tuition from Helen Arkell. We employ a team of specialist teachers who have trained in teaching both children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties.https://churchharcartsic.ga
Dyslexia: A parents' guide to dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties
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