Did you know lots of children struggle with reading? Don’t feel alone, lots of children struggle. This doesn’t mean you’re lazy or stupid, it just means your brain is wired differently.
Dyslexia explains why you are different to your friends. Dyslexia, affecting up to 1 in 10 children, is often misunderstood and sidelined in many of our schools.
Chances are you have or know someone with dyslexia, but what you may not realise is that 1 in 4 children fail to master the basics of writing at the end of primary school and for reading this is 1 in 9, having a life long impact for some.
We empower whole school teams to recognise, understand, teach and support pupils with literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, in a practical and effective way.
The more you know about yourself and how you study, the more likely you are to succeed.
There are four levels to play, each divided into three stages. You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert! At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward.
Try out this fun way to learn touch typing here.
Clicker can help you write using predictive text, advanced spellchecker and the latest Clicker7 even has a way to let you speak what you want to say and then play back whenever you need to. There are also some great Clicker apps.
One of the biggest hurdles children face is having the confidence to put their ideas on to paper. Clicker enables all children to consider themselves as writers. The support features, such as the variety of Clicker Sets, predictive text and being able to hear back what they have written, enable children to extend their ideas and truly surprise themselves with what they are capable of producing.
Does your teacher know how you feel? Do they give you enough time?
Finding the right way to support you with dyslexia in school is very important. Here are a few tips that might help you and that you can share with your teacher:
It’s likely you will run out of time, or forget instructions or just not be able to read the text quickly or well enough. Tell the teacher – ask if you can read with a friend. Tell them how you learn best and what you need to help you.
Have there sometimes been things that have really helped you? Not having to copy off the board for instance. Or do you get fed up when all your spellings are crossed out and they haven’t commented on what you wrote? Tell your teacher and maybe show Eddie Izzard’s video to them. I’m sure it will help.
It would be really good to ask for audio books if that’s possible. If you don’t have much money, you can get them from the library. There is a good thing on the internet called ‘audible’ or you can visit Calibre Audio Library or Listening Books.
Asking people to read work out for you or to help you with words you can’t read will help too.
Show your family our parents page with further tips of how they can support you.
It may be worth explaining. Do you forget what people have told you? Then ask them to give one instruction at a time. Do you take longer to do things? Then tell people that you will need more time. Are you always getting told off for being disorganised? Let people at home know that it is common for people with literacy difficulties to get in a muddle and that you may need help to stay organised.
I was feeling really weird, because I was reading a book for younger children and everyone else was reading novels.TorriPrimary pupil
If I make a mistake, I think it’s going to make me look stupid.RiaPrimary Pupil
Everybody else finds it so easy and I have to work twice as hard as everybody else.RuthiePrimary pupil