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Dyslexia, specific learning difficulties and developmental disorders

 
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Dyslexia, specific learning difficulties and developmental disorders
by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:19 PM
 
by Moira Thomson - Saturday, 19 March 2011, 02:55 PM

It has been suggested that dyslexia may be hidden by some developmental delays/disorders in young learners.

Share your experience of the impact of such delays/ disorders on learning.


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by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:23 PM
 
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by Therese Smith - Saturday, 28 May 2011, 12:24 PM
When I was a Primary 2 teacher there was a boy in my class who had classic dyspraxia symptoms both with fine and gross motor co-ordination and later in P5 was diagnosed with Dyslexia.He found it very hard to focus in class and used a lot of classic avoidance strategies for attempting work
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by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:24 PM
 
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by Kamil Trzebiatowski - Thursday, 2 June 2011, 01:32 PM
I found Binocular Instability to be the most interesting one as it was something I have seen before. In the high school where I was teaching, I had students who were finding it very difficult to do writing tasks (English) because they simply couldn't catch up. I remember specifically one boy, who was finding it very difficult to maintain eye contact with either myself or others in class, but mostly, he just couldn't catch up with other writing. It was very apparent when copying off the board and also whenever we were reading. He also needed to keep his finger on the page not to lose the line.

His unwillingness to read was pretty much obvious. Suffice to say, the situation was making him very nervous, irritated and was impacting on his self-confidence as he couldn't keep up with the majority of his peers. I would often stay after school to work with him or he would come early in the morning to redo the material he could not do in class due to time constraints. Only then would he leave the classroom with full understanding of the topic and readings.

In the end, this particular student was referred to first school's language base, and subsequently received more help, at the school and outside of it.
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by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:25 PM
 
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by Moira Thomson - Friday, 3 June 2011, 07:25 AM

Now that you know about how a simple tinted plastic overlay can help, you will be able to take immediate action to help another such student! You can get a 'pochet' set of 5 different colours of tinted reading rulers for under £10 from Crossbow Education - see http://www.crossboweducation.com/Eye_Level_Reading_Ruler.htm

These can be used unobtrusively in the classroom by students - and are an inexpensive way for them to experiement with a reading aid. If there is a notable improvement, it may be easier to persduade them to see an optometrist - even to wear glasses!

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by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:26 PM
 
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by Denise Dupont - Sunday, 10 July 2011, 09:09 AM
 

I have been working as a Nurture teacher and have a child who had a lot of time off school due to Asthma attacks and if I had known that Asthma was so closely linked to Dyslexia I would have looked for a wider range of options to help a child in my Nurture class.

 

After one particularly long absence he returned refusing to read or write as he didn’t know how to. We put this down to the high amount of medication he was taking. It was decided that he could chose a reading scheme to follow and he started from the early stage and worked his way through slowly with a lot of one to one help and encouragement. 

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by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:27 PM
 
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by Helen Love - Wednesday, 21 September 2011, 02:45 PM

This part of the course has left me reeling. I am completing it as part of my CPD as a new SfL Teacher.

I am now left considering just how many of the children in school have binocular instability that is playing a hidden contribution to learning difficulties, I am beginning to think the number is not insignificant.

I am wondering how I go about assessing this in school to see who to send for a specialist eye test? One of the reports I accessed suggested sending all children who have unexplained struggle beginning to read still in P2. There are so many though!

When I took over this position none of the children had a diagnosis of dyslexia, I have assessed a few in the last year and 2 have now been given a formal diagnosis. I am finding the course fascinating. There are so many children for whom there is obviously an issue of some kind but I am struggling to put my finger on exactly what the issue is, hopefully this will help a few of those.

thanks

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by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:28 PM
 
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by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 22 September 2011, 07:16 AM

 I truly believe that all children should have their eyes tested by an optometrist withing the first few years of starting school - and some should probsably have their hearing checked too. This used to happen to some extent when they had their age 5 medical check for starting school - sadly a thing of the past for most children.

Only some of them will have Binocular Instability or another form of visual stress - but they will be unable to read easily unloess these problems are identified and resolved.

The Irlen self-test http://training.cpdbytes.com/file.php/9/Irlen_Self-test.pdf is designed for older students but could be used by teachers/parents of younger learners to help decide whether to ask for a check of Binocular Instability - or even to go for an Irlen assessment.

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by Alasdair Andrew - Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:28 PM
 
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by Deborah Docherty - Sunday, 13 January 2013, 05:01 PM

 This has been thoroughly enlightening and has now allowed me to explore other avenues of support and advice for both the children I support and their parents. It has greatly developed my understanding of a variety of factors and as I read the course materials found I could relate so many of the difficulties and strategies to the children I teach.

I found the overlays a very good resource to support children and I have noticed an improvement in both the fluency and speed as a result of using them. The coloured reading rulers are also a great resource to support children reading a text as it guides them and allows them to follow exactly where they should be by highlighting the line they are on.