Our round up of the best parents & education dyslexic stories from 2015.

20 Things Only Parents of Children With Dyslexia Would Understand

Dyslexia. It’s a word many parents dread when they hear it in reference to their own children. What their “lay” minds take in is that they have a child who will face struggles throughout his/her schooling and in life. Dyslexia never goes away. There is no medication to mitigate the symptoms; worse, it is an invisible disability which (if undiagnosed) subjects the sufferer to lots of misunderstanding and criticism for things over which s/he has not control. Full Story

Parents urged to learn about reading difficulties, dyslexia

Dyslexia is just a label for a cluster of symptoms of reading and spelling problems. The science of neuroplasticity proves that the brain can change. Often what appears to be dyslexia is a lack of certain cognitive skills which include laterality, form discrimination, auditory sequencing and phonemic awareness. If these cognitive skills are practised, a reading problem may become a thing of the past,” said Du Plessis,” Read More

UK: Disabled students fear loss of essential support

Disabled students could miss out on vital support when funding much of the help is transferred to universities next year, say campaigners. From next September, universities will have “primary responsibility” for meeting disabled students’ needs. The Green party said the changes amounted to a £70m cut to support for disabled students. Spokeswoman Mags Lewis suggested the changes would mean cuts to computer support, proof-reading and scribing, with older students with weak computer skills, particularly badly affected. Read More

US: Schools will test kids for dyslexia under new Oregon laws

Oregon has new laws now to help children with dyslexia, a learning disorder that can make kids struggle in school and even drop out if they don’t get help. The governor signed two bills into law this summer that are designed to get kids diagnosed early and train teachers how to help them. “Dyslexia causes a lot of shame sometimes. Kids get overwhelmed,” said Diana Sticker, one of the people who worked to get the bills passed. Full Story

US: Obama calls for less standardized testing in schools, addressing nationwide concerns

The president called on a wide range of Americans — from state officials to parents and teacher — to help ensure that the country’s school systems haven’t become mired in standardized test taking. “Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble,” Obama said. “So we’re going to work with states, school districts, teachers and parents to make sure that we’re not obsessing about testing.” Read More

US: New Guidelines Clarify Unique Educational Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has released a series of guidelines for the consideration of state and local education agencies on working with students with learning disabilities. “Too often, children with learning and attention issues are defined by their limitations rather than their strengths,” said Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Michael Yudin. Read More

A step-by-step support guide for Dyslexia at School

First write a list of your concerns and the reasons why you feel your child may have dyslexia. Then speak to your child’s class teacher and/or head of year about your concerns. It may be recommended that an assessment is appropriate. If your child has dyslexia then the class teacher and/or SENCo will have to determine how best to support your child. If they do not have a dyslexia-trained teacher in school then they are able to seek support from a Dyslexia Action specialist teacher. Read More

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