Dys­lexia to go un­der spot­light as school hosts con­fer­ence

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A DYS­LEXIA con­fer­ence will be held to help par­ents and teach­ers bet­ter un­der­stand the con­di­tion.

Beech Hall School, in Tyther­ing­ton, will host the con­fer­ence with spe­cial­ist Dr Kate Saun­ders, who is dyslexic and has a dyslexic son. She is CEO of the Bri­tish Dys­lexia As­so­ci­a­tion.

The event will ex­plore the back­ground and neu­ro­science of dys­lexia.

School bosses say the event is a good op­por­tu­nity to have free ac­cess to a top dys­lexia pro­fes­sional who can help par­ents un­der­stand the needs of dyslexic chil­dren.

The key top­ics will fo­cus on the im­pact it has, what it’s like to have dys­lexia and how to sup­port a child with dys­lexia in the class­room and at home.

Dr Saun­ders has worked for more than 30 years in ed­u­ca­tion, as a pri­mary school teacher, sup­ply teacher for se­vere spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs and other roles.

She said she is a strong be­liever in the ben­e­fits of be­ing able to talk about dys­lexia and pas­sion­ate that ev­ery dyslexic in­di­vid­ual has a fair chance of ful­fill­ing their po­ten­tial.

Christy Wheat­ley, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs co-or­di­na­tor at Beech Hall School, said: “As a school we be­lieve that a knowl­edge of dys­lexia and the im­pact it can have on a child, both in the class­room and at home, is es­sen­tial.

“We know that this un­der­stand­ing of dys­lexia can sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact on the ef­fec­tive­ness of our com­mu­ni­ca­tion with chil­dren and how we teach them in the class­room.

“This con­fer­ence will not only give you a back­ground knowl­edge of dys­lexia, but it will also give you strate­gies and tools to sup­port all chil­dren with rang­ing sever­i­ties of dys­lexia.”

All teach­ers will teach dyslexic chil­dren at some point as they rep­re­sent around 10 per cent of pupils.

Dr Saun­ders says it’s vi­tal all teach­ers have a fun­da­men­tal level of aware­ness in their ini­tial teacher train­ing, as well as on­go­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

The 2017 Dys­lexia Con­fer­ence will run from 6pm to 8pm on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 15.

The event is free and any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact Mrs Wheat­ley on 01625 422192 or email christy­wheat­ley@ beech­hallschool.org.

Par­a­lympian Han­nah Rus­sell shows King’s In­fant and Ju­nior pupils one of her medals from the Rio Games

Dys­lexia spe­cial­ist Dr Kate Saun­ders will speak at the con­fer­ence at Beech Hall School

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