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10 of the Best Teaching Resources for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019

From Monday 7 to Friday 11 October help raise awareness of dyslexia in schools, support students and learn how to spot signs early, with these resources, activities and helpful advice articles...

  • 10 of the Best Teaching Resources for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019

1 | British Dyslexia Association

For Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019, running from Monday 7 to Friday 11 October, the British Dyslexia Association is asking schools to explore how they can empower children with dyslexia, by:

  • Sharing information about dyslexia using its Dyslexia Awareness Week packs
  • Inviting relevant people to share their thoughts on dyslexia
  • Inviting questions and comments from everyone participating

There’s even a free poster you can download and print to advertise Dyslexia Awareness Week.

For advice on running an empowering dyslexia session, download the Dyslexia Awareness Week pack for schools here.


2 | How to spot signs of dyslexia

In this article, Alais Winton highlights some of the dyslexia signs schools should look out for – and what to do if you spot them.

It covers identification, inclusion, parental engagement and feedback.

Read it all here.


3 | Dyslexia Unwrapped

Dyslexia Unwrapped is Dyslexia Scotland’s site for young people aged 8-18, that offers information and support.

There are articles, videos, recommendations for books and games, and other people with dyslexia share their work, experiences and strategies for success.

Check out the site here.


4 | How children with dyslexia think

What does it feel like to attend school as a child with dyslexia? Margaret Rooke set about finding out – and here are some of the answers.

In this extract from her book, Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time), young students with dyslexia talk about their experiences, and what teachers shouldn’t do.

Read it here.


5 | Make your school’s practice dyslexia-friendly

Liz Horobin highlights what two schools have done to make dyslexia-friendly practice central to how they operate.

Find out here.


6 | Free dyslexia test

At Nessy.com you’ll find this free dyslexia test for 5-7 year olds.

If you’re concerned that your child may have dyslexia then this questionnaire is the ideal first step towards identification.

Try it here.


7 | Free ebook

Also on the site, you can download this free ebook called Dyslexia Explained, which helps parents understand the positives, the difficulties and what helps, so that they can use it to help explain dyslexia to their child.

And as people with dyslexia tend to think in pictures rather than words, illustrations are used to explain each point.

Get it here.


8 | Support students’ working memory

In this article, Neil MacKay explains why the issues experienced by dyslexic learners in the classroom can often stem from their working memory – and what teachers can do to support them.

Check it out here.


9 | Five spelling games

At beatingdyslexia.com you’ll find a whole heap of helpful tools for learners with dyslexia, such as this list of five spelling games to try.

They use strategies like mnemonics and chunking to help students to get a better grasp on spelling.

Find them here.


10 | Identify their strengths

Pupils with dyslexia can and will thrive if schools can properly identify and build on their strengths, says Jules Daulby.

Read how, here.

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