Useful websites and resources
Below is a list of highly recommended websites and resources that you may find useful. Pages containing helpful information specifically for parents are also signposted at later points within this information.
www.helenarkell.org.uk How to support your child at home (.pdf)
What is dyslexia?
The meaning and impact of dyslexia is and different and unique for everyone.
It is a learning difference. A dyslexic brain simply works differently to others!
Being dyslexic does not mean that you are not intelligent, but that the brain processes things that you might see or hear differently. For some people, this can impact reading, writing and spelling skills whilst others might also have difficulty with organisation, remembering instructions concentration and fine motor coordination.
Dyslexia is different for everyone and it is important to find out how dyslexia can impact each individual.
Below is some additional useful information:
Questions about Dyslexia Leaflet for Parents (.pdf)
What should I do if I think my child is dyslexic?
If you are concerned with your child’s progress in reading, spelling and writing, or that you think that your child has dyslexia, always talk to the class teacher or, if in a secondary school, the SENDCo.
Your son/ daughter does not need a diagnosis of dyslexia for the school to put in the appropriate support and intervention – so talk to your child’s school about this.
Look at the school’s SEND Information Report to see how they approach different learning needs and the type of provision that they offer.
How do I get my child tested for dyslexia?
Your child’s school may have access to a ‘dyslexia screening tool’, which may indicate the ‘probability’ of your child having dyslexia or not, however, it cannot provide a recognised, formal diagnosis.
A thorough diagnostic assessment, completed by a professional with the right qualifications, is the only way to determine as to whether your child has dyslexia or another SpLD.
The British Dyslexia Association offer additional advice when considering engaging with a specialist assessor. Please click on the link below.
There are local services within the Peterborough area that can complete diagnostic assessments and provide, if appropriate, a formal dyslexia diagnosis.
Please contact Alex West, Hub Manager, if you would like more information.
How can I support my child at home?
Always speak with the school SENDCo first in order to get some ideas of what your son/ daughter is currently working on. Your child is likely to be receiving a range of support or following a particular programme, thus, it is good practice that any extra work completed at home complements and reinforces the work that your son/daughter is doing in school.
Having knowledge of phonics and phonology is always good. Many schools, particularly primary schools, offer coffee mornings and put on ‘how to support your child to read’ mornings. Ask your child’s teacher if there are any sessions scheduled in the future.
Here are some further useful websites and video links that demonstrate how you can support your child to develop individual learning skills at home.
How to support your child at home (.pdf)
Podcasts to help your child
How can i support my child
Top-tips on reading handwriting spelling memory and organisation
Early years preschool