The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has adopted the Rose (2009) definition of dyslexia:
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia. A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well-founded intervention.
Dyslexia at Saint Mary's
We feel that more children are successful when taught using dyslexia friendly strategies within the usual day-to-day teaching. By teaching in this way, we aim to make our teaching and learning fully accessible to all children.
For those children in Years 2 to 6, the school regularly uses Lexplore Analytics to measure and analyse the children's reading abilities. Lexplore's technology provides an invaluable insight into children’s reading and helps to pinpoint literacy barriers at the earliest opportunity. With immediate, objective and in-depth results, teachers can then determine which children require extra support and help all children develop a lifelong love of reading.
During the Autumn Term of Year 3, each child will be screened for dyslexia using the GL Dyslexia Screener. This is an assessment that identifies dyslexic tendencies in children and recommends intervention strategies to help them achieve their potential. Any children who show moderate or server dyslexic tendencies may benefit from an in-depth, individual assessment that provides a comprehensive overview of the child’s difficulties to inform intervention.
For those children who show dyslexic tendencies, the school uses IDL as an intervention to target and support them with their reading and spelling.
Dyslexia Information For Parents
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. They aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.
Parent Champions are ordinary people who have a passion for supporting children who struggle with literacy. They do this by championing the cause, pointing parents and carers in the direction of where they can get help and support from our partner organisations. Collectively they have a wealth of expertise.
Dyslexia Assist is a small charity started by parents with dyslexic children to share information, tips, ideas and experiences.
Dyslexics have strengths too! What skills did they have that helped them become successful in their chosen field?