Book Review: Assessment for Dyslexia and Learning Differences – A Concise Guide for Teachers and Parents by Gavin Reid and Jennie Guise

This highly practical book is well organised, accessible and jargon free.  Parents who are struggling to understand the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit’s Dyslexia identification Pathway and a school’s Staged intervention and planning paperwork will find this book refreshingly informative and easy to follow. Drs Reid and Guise are highly qualified professionals both with considerable experience inContinue reading “Book Review: Assessment for Dyslexia and Learning Differences – A Concise Guide for Teachers and Parents by Gavin Reid and Jennie Guise”

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Dyslexia Metaphor

“To be dyslexic…..is to have a mind like an old fashioned champagne coupe: a very wide cup of perception supported by a narrow, fragile pipe of processing capacity.” This lovely metaphor for explaining dyslexia is from ‘Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me’ by Kate Clancy. A metaphor uses one thing to describeContinue reading “Dyslexia Metaphor”

Dyslexia Scotland’s Resource Centre

A brilliant service and resource for Members. I am Doreen and I have recently taken over the resource centre volunteer role. I have known about the resource centre for years, but somehow never got round to using it until I was put in charge of it. I have noticed the main users of the resources are tutors.Continue reading “Dyslexia Scotland’s Resource Centre”

Supporting your dyslexic child

Today, we have a guest blog from Oliver at Twinkl. The resources referred to in this blog are free to download. Having your child identified as dyslexic can be a difficult thing to hear as a parent, but even more so for the child in question. Questions about what dyslexia is, what it means forContinue reading “Supporting your dyslexic child”

Dyslexia, Reading and Visual Stress

This year as I am approaching 40, I finally have tinted specs for visual stress (sometimes people use the terms visual difficulties or Meares-Irlen). I had been tested at least twice before. Once as a kid, just after I had been identified as having dyslexia and again around 5 years ago. Before going for aContinue reading “Dyslexia, Reading and Visual Stress”

Attention teachers! Professional Learning opportunity

We’re delighted to report that Dyslexia Scotland has recently been awarded the GTCS Professional Learning Award for Organisations. The Award is issued by the General Teaching Council for Scotland to recognise organisations that support and promote professional learning for teachers. This Quality Mark means that the organisation has been assessed through GTCS’s independent quality assuranceContinue reading “Attention teachers! Professional Learning opportunity”

Discover your own way to revise with dyslexia

With so much pressure on students to achieve high grades these days, it’s not surprising that 60% of Scottish students are ‘very stressed’ about exams. If you are also dyslexic and have difficulty reading or concentrating, this can add to your anxiety while revising for final assessments.  Before you start your revision, ask for support andContinue reading “Discover your own way to revise with dyslexia”

Dyslexic autobiographies

Here are some life stories of dyslexic people that I’ve found helpful.  The first 2 are podcasts.  The others are books, 2 of which are available in audio. Podcasts Dyslexia Scotland’s podcasts ‘The Codpast’ podcasts Anthologies ‘Dyslexia and Us’ Published 2011.  Available in print. Dyslexia Scotland produced this book in collaboration with Edinburgh Libraries.  ItContinue reading “Dyslexic autobiographies”

What Gaps Exist?

Following the recent news that Michael Morpurgo has written the first book in a series that is being published with the intention of making it easier for dyslexic parents to read to their children, I was surprised that, as the volunteer Resource Centre Manager for Dyslexia Scotland, I hadn’t realised that such a big gapContinue reading “What Gaps Exist?”