Why Tyrannosaurs But Not If?
There is now a course for parents based on the book Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If? which explains why some children can read ‘tyrannosaurus’ but stumble over ‘if’, and offers practical advice through six interactive sessions.
“The discovery that your child has a learning difficulty can be a frightening, disorientating experience. Many parents worry that, although they feel they understand their child, they don’t feel they understand his dyslexia. Just as the hardworking dyslexic child is left with feelings of inadequacy after every class test, so his caring, dedicated parents are left feeling ineffectual when they sit down to help him with his homework.”
Richard Whitehead, author of Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If?
Session 1: How can a gift cause a problem?
Session 2: Preparing yourself to learn
Managing your mind: “Pay attention!” “But how?”
Optimising the home learning environment
Session 3: How do dyslexics think and learn?
Word thinking and picture thinking
The concept of ‘disorientation’
The problem with if
Session 4: Making it ‘stick’
Visualisation for reading comprehension
Punctuation as a reading skill
Retention of what has been read
Session 5: Creativity makes permanent
The role of creativity in learning
Clay modelling for mastery of words and ideas
Other creative learning methods
Session 6: Pulling it all together
Creating a complete support strategy for your bright but struggling child Q&A session