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.

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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JUL
31
2009

Pushing the Envelope

30 July

Have you seen the latest envelopes designed by celebrities in support of the National Literacy Trust?  

In 2009 their aims are to

·         Inspire 30,000 children in disadvantaged areas across the UK to read

·         Provide more than 90,000 free books for children to choose and keep at inspirational reading events

·         Empower more than 4,000 boys, fathers and male role models to promote reading for pleasure to their friends and family

‘Pushing the Envelope’ is one of NLT’s annual fund-raisers. The envelopes will be auctioned on eBay in November.

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JUL
23
2009

Junkyard Dan

20 July

I have just received a series of books written especially for emerging adult readers. I had a long chat with the author, Elise Leonard, on the phone and she described them as a cross between Cheers and CSI – and all in 100 pages per book!

I have just lent out the first two in the series to some students of mine and I will let you know what they think of them. They certainly look good – well laid out and action packed stories.

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JUN
27
2009

Davis Dyslexia Learning Strategies

27 June

 

The Davis Learning Strategies are designed for classroom use and are geared to beginning readers.  These methods were found to benefit all students no matter what their learning styles or reading level. Teachers found that strong readers become stronger in language and grammar skills and weaker readers begin to read effortlessly.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about these Learning Strategies, the DLS Basic Teacher Workshop will be run in Ascot, Berkshire, on 25 & 26 September 2009.  It will presented by Jane Heywood.

 

You can find further details at the Davis Learning Foundation site, you can give them a call or complete the online enrolment form.   I attended one of these workshops a couple of years ago so please give me a call if you would like to find out some further information.

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JUN
11
2009

‘The Closer You Get, The Bigger I Look’

8 June

It is Dyslexia Awareness week in New Zealand next week (15-21 June). The band dDub have just realease a new song, available as free download from their website www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz

 

The song The Closer You Get, The Bigger I Look was written by Don McGlashan. He said

 “as the parent of two unconventional children, I now know how it feels when the world is quick to judge someone you love. Rather than write something that asked for help or patience, I thought something defiant a ‘don’t judge me before you know me’ type song would be better.”

 

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