MAY
06
2010

Remember we’re blue sky…

Recently someone wrote to a national newspaper to enquire whether it was possible to find a fulfilling job with his learning difficulties. Two interesting replies were printed the following week. One offered practical advice, but it was the reply from Hilla Joshi that struck a chord. She asked that her original spelling and punctuation be preserved and wrote:

To begin dyslexia is a gift. Its juts that the worlf and educatipo does not agree. Because we challenge the orm.

Being dyslexic, life has not been esay. … So what if you’r clumsy, cant spell; Your wiring is unique!!,.

Remember we’re blue sky, outside the box, creative thinkers, when not depressed because the outside world labels our lack of conformity as disrtupitive, studip and thick. My mind can work at twice the speed, problem solve, see the bigger picture and bring resolution where most are stuck at first base.

…honesty has done wonders and is appreciated because of the talenta and skills i bring.

The full reply can be read at The Guardian Online

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APR
27
2010

South African research

Researchers at University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, compared the progress of 18 dyslexic students who were given instruction using Davis Dyslexia Correction techniques with a control group of students from the same school. They reported that over a period of nine months, the Davis students performed significantly better on tests of word recognition skills and spelling than a control group of students taught with phonological strategies.

Abigail Marshall’s summary about South African Researchers Report Reading Success with Davis Methods can be read here.

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JAN
30
2010

Ealing Dyslexia Association – workshop

Saturday 6th February 2010, 10.30 – 12.00

 

I will be giving a talk at the Ealing Dyslexia Association as part of their series ‘Methods for Dyslexia’. I have been invited to talk about the Davis methods and run an interactive workshop to show how the creative talents of dyslexics can be used to help overcome their difficulties.

Please come to see how the method works in practice. All are welcome. The talk will last for about an hour and there will be time for questions and talking over tea and coffee as well.

There will be a small charge.

 

Ealing Centre for Independent Living,

1 Bayham Road (off Bedford Road)

West Ealing

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JAN
19
2010

Information Technology – some new ideas

18 January 2010

I went to the BETT (technology in education) exhibition last week and had the opportunity to try out some new software and see what updates had been added to old favourites.

I thought I would select my top 3 things, but even that is difficult as there was so much to choose from. So, in no particular order …

Ginger Software – a add-on spellcheck for your existing word processing software. Rather than just look at the individual word, it checks the entire sentence and ensures that all the words are viable in terms of both meaning and grammar. You can get a 14-day trial copy from http://www.gingersoftware.com/

ClaroReadv5, a text-to-speech programme (standard version only) which is runs directly from a USB stick so you can take it with you and use it on any computer.  www.clarosoftware.com

Mantra Lingua TalkingPEN  This recorder pen can be used to listen to books and record your own stories. It also lets you create audio files on sticky labels which you can then add into your documents and listen back to them later. Fantastic for making an audio mind-map!  The labels are re-recordable and re-usable. There are lots of ‘sound enabled’ books (suitable for ages 2 to 9) that can be used with the pen too.   The link to the Mantra catalogue is here.

NOV
29
2009

Davis Autism Approach

26 November

The Davis Autism site has been expanded with a lot more information about the Davis Autism Approach. It makes fascinating reading and, although there is currently only one person in the UK who has finished their training, there are several others nationwide who are working on the assignments and should finish in the next few months.

Ron Davis’ personal description of his experience as a ‘Kanner’s baby’ and his awareness of how he had to develop a sense of identity and social integration is particularly interesting.

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OCT
14
2009

unlocking-learning

14 October

I am a member of the Davis Dyslexia Facilitators’ Association (DDFA),  a professional association for licensed Davis practitioners, and we have been building a new website over the last few months.

The project has grown over time; it started out as a website to let people search for a Davis Facilitator in their local area but it has developed into a site with information, search facilities and celebrations of the achievements of many Davis graduates.

You will find it at  www.unlocking-learning.co.uk        

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SEP
18
2009

Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support

18 September

Phew!  Just handed in my portfolio for Unit 2 of my ADDS course.

It feels great to be finished – I wont know the results until next month but I think I’ll celebrate the ‘completion’ anyway!

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AUG
29
2009

College students and the DSA

30 August

The summer holidays are almost over and the new school year is fast approaching. If you will be going to college or university, make sure that you have everything in place for any support services or facilities that you need. It is always best to speak to your college Support Unit as early as possible as the process can be slow and it may take up to two months before the funding for your DSA is confirmed.

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