Dyslexia

Cumulative teaching – how to teach children who forget

Many of my students at the Bloomfield Learning Centre have difficulty remembering the complex alternative spellings of sounds in English.  The problem is they don’t hold on to what they have learned.  The teacher may teach <ai> and the next […]

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Independent review of That Dog! series

  We have just received this independent review from Teach Primary Magazine.  The review is available online.  See link below. Phonic Books – That Dog! for catch-up readers across the school. At a glance: • Age appropriate, synthetic phonic catch-up […]

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Are learning styles now finally out of style?

Many SEN teachers believe and promote the idea of learning styles.  It feels right. It feels personal to every individual student – but it is supported by science? https://ssec.si.edu/sending-learning-styles-out-style#.WHdcuDaVr6E.twitter

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How can we help the weakest catch up?

“So let me get this straight: we’re behind the rest of our class and we’re going to catch up to them by going slower than they are?”- Bart Simpson   Our instinct is often to assume that a kid … […]

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Dr. Seuss and Dyslexia

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How can I get my children’s literacy problems taken more seriously

A common and difficult issue is that  schools are ill-equipped to identify and remediate literacy problems.  Thank you Spelfabet for this analysis of the problem. How can I get my child’s literacy problem taken more seriously at school?

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Should we dispense with the D word? – a way forward

This clear article, by Kevin Wheldall, Anne Castles and Mandy Nayton, explains the controversy created by the Joe Elliott and Elena Grigorenko  in their recent  book ‘The Dyslexia Debate’ and suggests a sensible way forward. http://www.kevinwheldall.com/2014/03/should-we-dispense-with-d-word.html?spref=tw  

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Overcoming dyslexia – Mandy Nayton of DSF explains

If you have a child or pupil struggling with reading read this: http://health.thewest.com.au/news/1288/overcoming-dyslexia#.UwSao9UDT80.twitter

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Teachers failing pupils – it is still happening

Thanks to Susan Godsland of www.dyslexics.org.uk who flagged up this video clip from the Spelfabet website. Does is sound familiar?  It makes me sad to think of the pupils I failed before I was trained in Sounds-Write.  This is still happening… http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2013/11/teacher-knowledge-of-phonics/

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Alba Series reviewed in the DSF Bulletin

The Dyslexia – SPELD Foundation’s publication ‘The bulletin’, Autumn 2013, has just published an article reviewing the ‘Alba’ reading series. I have scanned it – but the print is a bit small so here is the summary: “As with the very popular existing […]

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