Supporting Pupils with Dyslexia

A recent report by a parliamentary group investigating dyslexia concluded that 95 percent of parents feel they lack the skills and knowledge to support their dyslexic child.  

The report – the Human Cost of Dyslexia – was published at the end of April by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). The group is made up of MPs and Peers who want to stay current with topics affecting children, young people and adults with learning barriers.

Working with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), the group reported specifically on the psychological and emotional impact of dyslexia on individuals and families. Their research included testimony by experts and first-hand experiences of those who have an SpLD.

They determined that there is a clear support vacuum for children with dyslexia. While an overwhelming majority of parents feel unable to properly support their child themselves, 70 percent also feel that their child’s school is failing to provide adequate tuition. An equal number think that their concerns about dyslexia support at schools are not taken seriously by administrators.

Unsurprisingly, the report concluded that more needs to be done to support school pupils with dyslexia. As dyslexia specialists and assistive-technology suppliers, it’s a point of view we reached a long time ago.

For over twenty years we’ve worked with students in higher education and employees across the sector to help them overcome the learning challenges associated with dyslexia. We know that with the correct equipment, training and on-going support, anyone can achieve their education or work goals.

Our goal is to extend our support provision to schools. This includes the latest assistive technology, face-to-face training, online e-learning courses designed especially for 11–13-year-olds as well as formal dyslexia-specific qualifications for older pupils who are pivoting towards further study or employment.

We understand the importance of identifying dyslexia early. The sooner an individual can receive support and training, the better. Proper assessment and guidance materially increases an individual’s range of skills and confidence.

School is the best place for this journey to begin.

For more information about how Concept Northern helps school pupils with dyslexia, contact: Barbara Borthwick on 01355 573 173 or email barbarab@conceptnorthern.co.uk

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