Read­ing pro­gramme is one Out Of The Box

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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 the 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 re­volve 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, move- ment 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 oneon-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.

Visit www.out­ofthe­box.net. nz or phone 845-0290.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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