Thursday, May 20, 2010

Xtraordinary Week

LETTER FOR PUBLICATION

Sir,

17th-23rd May has been designated as "Xtraordinary Week". The aim is to raise awareness and focus on the strengths and talents of dyslexic children everywhere.

To coincide with the awareness week I have written a free and simple fact sheet on dyslexia which provides information about the condition.

Children who have dyslexia can have problems with reading, writing or spelling. It is believed that one in 10 children have some form of dyslexia, which is Greek for "difficulty with words".

Parents naturally want the best for their children. They know that good literacy skills are the building blocks to educational success and a satisfying career. But many parents are in the dark about their child’s special educational needs and how best to help them.

If any of your readers would like a free copy of the fact sheet, they can write to me at: "Dyslexia Simplified Fact Sheet", Appleford School, Shrewton, Nr Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4HL. For a free copy, call: 01980 621020, e-mail: secretary@appleford.wilts.sch.uk or visit the website at: http://www.applefordschool.org

 Dr Peter Gardner
Chartered Educational Psychologist

1 comment:

  1. You wrote: Children who have dyslexia can have problems with reading, writing or spelling.

    My comment: The above statement is not quite right and is written by people who speak only one language - English.This definition is more than a hundred years old.

    I have been teaching dyslexic children for more than 5 years and all my students speak and write in at least 2 languages. Most of them read
    and write in 3 languages.All of them do not have a problem with languages other than the English language and this is because English is an orthographically inconsistent language unlike the languages my students read fluently in - Malay and romanised Mandarin.
    You may read these and more in my blog:
    http://www.parentingdyslexia.com

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