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Dyslexia Friendly School

At Seymour Park we are extremely proud that we achieved the Dyslexia Quality Mark, in Summer 2012. All our teaching staff have been working very hard on this award and at the bottom of the page you can see a video showing how we have made our school more Dyslexia Friendly. Mrs Goodson has led a number of staff meetings to increase teachers’ understanding of Dyslexia and to help provide practical ideas for teaching and learning. We have had assemblies, parents’ workshops, meetings with the school’s governors and visits to other schools. Mrs Goodson has also become a specialist teacher in teaching children with dyslexia.

Why did we want to achieve this award?

A feature of dyslexia friendly schools is to take the fear out of school for children with dyslexia; many of whom, if not correctly and expertly helped can feel alienated and disorientated with an increased risk of becoming disinterested in education.

A prime aim of the Dyslexia award is to ensure teaching is multi-sensory; something that benefits ALL children, not just those with dyslexia.
If you would like to find out more about the Dyslexia Quality Award then speak to Mrs Goodson or a member of our Pupil Support Team.


What is Dyslexia? 

 

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be lifelong in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities. It tends to be resistant to conventional teaching methods, but its effects can be mitigated by appropriately specific intervention, including the application of information technology and supportive counselling.


Facts about Dyslexia
•It can be hereditary

•Affects between 4% and 10% of people
•More boys than girls – ratio of 4:1
•Can experience difficulties with multi-tasking
•Affects people across intelligence range
•Differing degrees of severity
•40% also have difficulties with maths
•Up to 50% suffer from visual stress
•Difficulties persist into adulthood
•All have strengths and difficulties
•Around 35% have identified SLCN difficulties
•The learning difficulty is not a result of lack of motivation


Strengths of Dyslexics
• Innovative thinkers
• Intuitive problem solvers

• Creative in many ways
• Lateral thinkers
• Sociable
• Good verbal skills
• Can think in 3D
 

 

 


The power of Dyslexia about famous Dyslexics

Famous Dyslexics

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Dyslexia Friendly Teaching at Seymour Park

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