Spelling, Reading & Exams

Spelling

On this part of the site you will find comprehensive information on problems with spelling etc. Does spelling matter in the modern age? Has ‘text speak’, taken over from spelling? Should we still teach spelling?

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Is Spelling Important?(Just for fun!)

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are,
the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef,
but the wrod as a wlohe.
Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed Typoglycemia
Amzanig huh? Yaeh and yuo awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.

Reading

Family Reading Together

Family Reading Together

On this part of the site, you will find comprehensive information on problems with reading etc. Should reading matter in the modern age? Computers can ‘read’ aloud for you; ‘special pens’ can read aloud, so does it matter? Should we still bother to teach people to read? And, if reading correctly is essential, how come many of us can understand what is written below?

 

Do you have a Strong Mind? (Just for fun!)

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If you can read this you have a strong mind:

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1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
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17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
Y0UR M1ND 1S
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7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
B3 PROUD! 0NLY
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Do you have a Strong Mind? (Just for fun!)  I do not think there is any science behind this. However, I do find it interesting.

Why Read When You Can Listen? - Dyslexia Reading
Family Reading Together

Family Reading Together

People with dyslexia often have a problem with reading.  Usually, the first question I ask is ‘are they on the correct level’, because they shouldn’t be struggling too much if it is age appropriate. However, another way of ‘reading’ is by listening to them.

There is some research to suggest that ‘listening to books’ can be just as educational as actually reading them.

Libraries – Dyslexia and Listening Books

There are so many places where they can get ‘audio’ books for them to listen to. And with the software we have these days, it makes it very easy. So no excuses!

In the UK, we have many excellent libraries; and librarians, that are always very helpful. I think all of them now have both ‘e-books’ and ‘audiobooks’, which you should be able to download to your device.

RNIB – Talking Books Service – Dyslexia

In the UK, RNIB was probably the leader in ‘talking books’. A really useful organisation. When you register, you have to fill out a form and don’t forget to tell them you have dyslexia.
For further information, go to RNIB.

Calibre Audio Library – Dyslexia

This is a national charity, providing an audiobook service to people unable to read standard print as a result of dyslexia, visual impairment or other disabilities. There is a one-off joining fee for children of £20, for a lifetime membership.

Excellent books available and lots of children with learning difficulties find them very useful; especially as they get older for coursework. They offer a range of titles that will support the educational needs of pupils studying of ‘GCSEs’ or ‘A’ Levels.
For further information, go to the Calibre.

Amazon – Kindle-eBooks – Dyslexia

I use Amazon, which has thousands of books, you are literally spoilt for choice. You can pay for each item separately; or like many people, I pay £7.99 per month, for unlimited supply. (I think this includes films as well, not that I have used this side of things). Also free postage for anything you order. All together that is a brilliant package!

I use my ‘Kindle Fire’ to listen to books, as it is so light and you can read it in strong sunlight. It also allows you to download a book easy and you can turn the speech on or off and change font size.
For further information go to Amazon Kindle.

Google Play Books

Apparently, you can look up Google Play Books, and you can turn the speech facility on so that you can listen to them at the same time. I haven’t tried this yet.
For further information, go to Google Play.

YouTube

You may find the book you want to read with your child, already has been recorded on YouTube. This is especially useful for school books for coursework. It is worth searching as these are free to listen and easy to access.
For further information, go to YouTube.

How Can I help my Child Read?

There is an excellent website, ‘Dyslexia Assist’, which has a lot of handy ideas to encourage your child to read.
For further information, go to Dyslexia Assist.

 

Exam Concessions
GCSE,  ‘A’ Levels and any other Examinations

If you have dyslexia, you may be able to get concessions with examinations. Every Examination Board has different rules and regulations. Therefore, the school should contact them in plenty of time to ascertain the exact requirements of the individual Board.
You may be able to use a computer for your coursework and examinations. Other concessions you may be entitled to include:

• Extra time – extra time, up to 25%, as dyslexics process information more slowly, this puts them on an equal footing as non-dyslexics..
• Amanuensis / Scribe – an adult who writes for the student.
• Reader – an adult to read out the questions to the student.
• Word processors – some dyslexic students type faster than they can write.
• Voice Recognition Software.
• Or other arrangements.

To get entitlement for any of the above, the Examination Boards will require a current assessment report from an Educational Psychologist or from a teacher with specialist qualifications for identifying assessing and teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties. The school should be able to arrange this for you, however, if there is a delay, you may need to arrange this yourself.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) is the single voice for its member awarding bodies. A Booklet on the regulations is available from www.jcq.org.uk.

You should request these concessions as early as possible.

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