APR
12
2012

Mandatory phonics test

You will be familiar with recent discussions in the news about the Government’s plans to introduce a mandatory phonics test for all six-year-olds. These plans were the subject of a ‘phone-in on BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme “You and Yours” on 10 April.

Six and a half minutes (6:21) into the programme, there is an extended contribution by a lady whose son completed a Davis programme and is now taking five AS Levels. The caller speaks very eloquently about the Davis approach to dyslexia, the gifts of dyslexic individuals, and then goes on to express her reservations about the proposed new testing regime.

The programme is well worth a listen and can be heard on the BBCiPlayer

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AUG
29
2011

‘Dyslexia Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me’

Donna Flagg, author of Surviving Dreaded Conversations, has written a moving account of her experiences at school and how her success (she now owns and runs two businesses)is directly tied to my ostensible failures of the past, not because of the scars, but because of what I had to learn in order to survive a system that did not recognize me as a legitimate member’.

You can read the full article here.

MAY
17
2011

SuperReading

I have finished the SuperReading course. It ran over 10 weeks and guaranted to double my reading efficiency, a calculated relationship between speed and calculation. However, it requires you to practice the techniques for 40 minutes each day which is a considerable commitment.  The final results for the dyslexics in my group rose from being better than 27% of the non-dyslexic population to better than 91%!

The ongoing course results are being monitored by Dr Ross Cooper who had described them as ‘extraordinary’.  If you would like to do a SuperReading course, it is now covered by the DSA. I am in the process of becoming a SuperReading coach so please contact me if you or your college are interested in setting up a course.

APR
06
2011

Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support

I was pleased to hear that I have been awarded my Pg Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying this section and hope to be able to progress to the MA.  However, with the LLU+ unit closing because of the cutbacks, I will need to wait until the next academic year to see where I can continue my studies.

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DEC
08
2010

BDA Accredited Workplace Assessor

I have just heard that I have been accredited by the British Dyslexia Association as a workplace assessor.  This programme included:

  • an awareness of the 7 Specific Learning Difficulties and how these can manifest themselves in adults, understand the issues of comorbidity and be aware of latest research.
  • information on current strategies and coping mechanisms, including both organisational and behavioural strategies as well as assistive technology solutions.
  • current methods for screening and psychological assessment.
  • information on new case law and relevant legislation
  • a code of conduct
JUN
27
2010

Ron Davis video

This little clip from the Ron Davis video was set into someone’s blog – it is good to see the positive comments that have been linked to it.

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JUN
03
2010

How acquiring literacy skills leads to increased confidence

Thank you to Derek who wrote me a very moving letter after we finished working together.
As he began to understand his learning style and his spelling has improved, he found ‘this has given me a lot more confidence in myself and .. I can push on more and deal with situations that before I would leave and push to the back of my mind.’
For Derek, the key factor in acquiring literacy skills was the use of a teaching method that matched his learning style. He has strongly visual thought processes and had struggled over the years to learn using a phonic based approach
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MAY
10
2010

Listening Books downloads

Listening Books have just announced that they are now offering a download service for their audio books, as well as the option to receive CDs in the post or stream the books. It already was good value and that makes it even better!

They also have a comprehensive section on their website to support the National Curriculum so now you can borrow books for pleasure or to help with your studies.

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