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  1. 1. Dr Lindsay Peer CBEEducational Psychologist, Speaker & Author
  2. 2. Current political arena Many LA dyslexia trained teachers losing jobs Many schools no access to dyslexia trained teachers Lack of training opportunities – finance Lack of resources – finance Limited ITE opportunities Limited Dyslexia INSET – wide range of special needs Long waiting times - CAMHS Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 2
  3. 3. Want to do well ...soon fail Dr Lindsay Peer CBE
  4. 4. Reality in many schools ... TAs / LSAs delivering support – often minimal / no training (MacBeath 2005) Unless most severe, no additional teaching / support Class teachers guide support staff – themselves not dyslexia trained Lack of understanding – link between testing and teaching Schools in great need of dyslexia trained teachers Future ... Back to the past! Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 4
  5. 5. Dyslexia trained staff ...Professional attributes, skills and knowledge: Link between research and practice Understand dyslexic learners Link between emotional & learning needs Understand Emotional Intelligence Understand pre-requisites to learning Learning / teaching styles Knowledge - suitable programmes Up to date CPD Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 5
  6. 6. Areas of responsibility Ideally on SMT! SEN policy and practice e.g. inclusion, setting, support, marking policies Internal staff training: - General - Subject specific & library Administration / paperwork – ongoing Monitoring / assessment - staff Models of good practice Guiding parents / carers Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 6
  7. 7. Comorbidity & consequent impactLinks and influences of other challenges e.g. - Asperger’s Syndrome - DCD (dyspraxia) - Speech, language and communication - AD(H)D - Hyper-reactivity (Peer, 2000) - Auditory Processing Disorder - Glue Ear impact e.g. phonics, memory, spelling, languages etc (Peer, 2005) - Mental health issues ... Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 7
  8. 8. Stress and anxiety Dr Lindsay Peer CBE
  9. 9. Working with professionals SpLD centres – where remaining Speech and Language Therapists – if lucky! Occupational Therapists – if lucky! Educational Psychologists – if lucky! Head Teachers SENCos Mainstream teachers Support assistants Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 9
  10. 10. Proactive staff  Demand highest achievement  Zero tolerance of failure; immediate action when targets not met  Promote whole staff awareness  Teachers counsel at times  Adopt flexible approaches: “If a child does not learn the way we teach…then teach him the way he learns” (Dr Harry Chasty DI)  If angry / demotivated ...ask why and take action?! Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 10
  11. 11. Do staff really understand dyslexia? If you BELIEVE you are no good, you WILL BE no good. This negative cycle can and must be broken Failure can lead to anger, frustration and anxiety Failure becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy Dr Lindsay Peer CBE
  12. 12. Within inclusive classrooms Dyslexia teaching = good teaching for all Empowerment of staff and learners Classroom management by subject need Set by ability not literacy level Short bursts of teaching; movement breaks Structured, sequential m-s teaching / overlearning Structured differentiation Marking policy Self-esteem Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 12
  13. 13. Everyday working e.g. Structure paperwork Structure work on board What is important? What is not? Organisation Managing ICT Planners - day, week, month, year Colour and over learning Study skills across the curriculum Memory techniques Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 13
  14. 14. Thoughts of Dyslexic Children ‘I must be stupid’ ‘Too much paper’ ‘Too much to learn’ ‘I lost my worksheets’ ‘No-one understands’ ‘My ‘friends’ laugh at me’ ‘I do silly things to make people laugh’ Dr Lindsay Peer CBE
  15. 15. Preparing staff for examinationsFor the day: TA – not the usual people! Familiarise learner - exam conditions Practice Reading Practice Scribing Practice using computers for this purpose Practice Additional Time Practice use of Rest Breaks Dr Lindsay Peer CBE 15
  16. 16. Encourage learners ...& you too! Needed...your skills & passion!! Challenge convention Let no-one stop you Live your dream Develop your ‘A’ team! Be focussed and determined Reach for the stars! Dr Lindsay Peer CBE

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