Sessions are right Out Of The Box
Drama, dance and music may sound like fun and games. But for Frances Adlam, they are what learning is all about.
She is the creator of the Out Of The Box right-brained reading programme.
Aimed at children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, it teaches spelling, phonics, reading and grammar using interactive techniques.
This weekend she is hosting free seminars at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre in honour of Dyslexia Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday.
Children and their parents can take part in 15-minute sessions to get an idea of what the programme is about.
Ms Adlam says too often children are isolated if they do not thrive in a classroom learning environment and Out Of The Box offers something different.
“If children do not learn in the usual chalk and talk way it is implied that there is something wrong with the brain and that is just not true,” she says.
“We want to focus on differences not disabilities and let children know they way their brain works is to be celebrated and not a problem.”
Former teacher and performer Ms Adlam started up the right-brained reading programme four years ago when her son was struggling with reading and spelling.
Individual sessions are revolved around exercises such as applying movements to words to help children remember them, dancing to act out a word or sentence and creating songs.
Ms Adlam says some children use the right side of their brain and need sensory triggers such as colour, movement and sound to help them learn. Without these sensors they can become bored, misbehave and begin to doubt their own ability.
International research shows up to 40 percent of children are labelled as having dyslexia but “they just haven’t been taught in a way that suits them”, she says.
Nikita Trussel-Cullen, 10, works with Ms Adlam in one-on-one sessions to help improve her spelling.
She says the Out Of The Box programme makes learning easier and more enjoyable.
“It’s really fun and you get to do heaps of exciting creative things,” she says.
“Sometimes people think learning is boring but this way it’s really not.”
Ms Adlam’s seminars will run between 9am and 11.30am on Saturday at TAPAC on Motions Rd in Western Springs.
For more information, visit www.outofthebox.net.nz or phone 845-0290.
Right-brained: Nikita Trussel-Cullen, 10, works with Frances Adlam in the Out Of The Box right-brained reading programme to help with her spelling.