Here are some useful websites with further information about dyslexia:
Made by Dyslexia is a really positive charity led by successful dyslexics. It states its 'purpose is to help the world properly understand, value and support dyslexia', with many interviews with famous successful individuals who are also dyslexic. Very inspiring to show dyslexic learners, to empower and raise self-esteem.
This brilliant entertaining TED talk, Battling Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, gives a clear outline for us as educationalists as to why it's important to use evidence based practice.
When reading about new methodology for my MA we were taught to always check if teaching methods were evidenced based. Had the effectiveness of the new teaching method or intervention been tested with good Randomized controlled trials (RCT)? Had it been tested over a long period of time, had it been tested on a large sample of people, were the groups gender balanced, was there a control group...? All things to consider when looking into new methods.
Thought it was an interesting one to share for teachers, parents and students.
Social media support/ interest groups
There are many Dyslexia support and interest groups on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They are really useful for sharing useful links, finding out about new strategies, events and books. Really worth joining.
Home Learning Strategies
We have compiled a summary of a few strategies and links below that may be useful to support your child’s learning at home. Visual ways of learning can be more accessible. Making learning multisensory is very important. The principles of dyslexia teaching are little and often, cumulative and multisensory. In terms of study skills, it's important students with literacy difficulties engage all the senses to study:
Record things visually, create mind maps with pictures and keywords.
Can your child explain work to you ? Get them to talk about something she has just learnt. Summarise it into the most important things.
Flashcards of key terms.
Short testing on topics helps working memory.
Create a clock shape for one topic, for each part of the clock create a visual to remind them of something.
Get your child to talk you through this.
Videos- actively watch. Summarise sections into the main three points. Can they draw out what they’ve learnt on a timeline ? Could they make a Powerpoint showing what they have learnt from the documentary?
Get them to storyboard out plots of texts / annotate time lines or maps for History.
When they read can they summarise what they have read into three sentences?
Can they explain key terms to you? ( Overinflation, for example, or hyperbole)?
Below are some useful links for a few subjects, BBC bitesize has lots of useful material for every subject:
This BBC bitesize is excellent for the Rise of Hitler:
If you look on the right hand side, the topic is segmented into 5 areas. It has superb short 5 minute videos. Start with the Weimar Germany overview video and base everything from this.
For Modern Foreign Languages use - Memrise or Duolingo. https://www.memrise.com/
Free Science lessons https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw
BBC bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7nygk7
Amoeba sisters https://www.youtube.com/user/AmoebaSisters
Mr Bruff videos are useful to practice specific questions for English language and literature. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM2vdqz-7e4HAuzhpFuRY8w There are free online resources, then he also has other downloadable materials for a fee. They are useful as they provide 5 minute precise videos on how to tackle each question on the English language papers.
Barrington stoke - Homeschooling Help for Lockdown
RNIB free digital access to audiobooks
BDA have been running free Webinars for parents. I thought this one looked interesting:
This evening Dr Susie Nyman is running a free webinar for the BDA on multisensory ideas for home learning:
Design your day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-FFzW18ta4&feature=youtu.be