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The Fish-in-the-Tree report commissioned by the Driver Youth Trust (see link on right of this page), gets its name from a quote by Einstein who said:

‘If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’

This resonates with the dyslexic learner who is often judged by his/her spelling or reading attainment, and led to believe their are stupid by the attitudes, materials and measures surrounding them in the classroom.

The report also provides statistics, insights and information which so clearly highlight why dyslexic children so often face difficulties through the lack of understanding and skills surrounding them in the classroom. More teacher-training is needed (which I personally think should be delivered more through Continued Professional Practice once teachers are familiar with mainstream teaching, rather than added into their Initial Teacher Training programmes), and a greater awareness of the disabling effect dyslexia can have on the identity and soul of a learner.

This is why I have developed the training courses I present to practitioners (see CORNWALL NEWS); why I run courses for parents of dyslexic children; and why I am writing this instead of watching tv!

My new book: Spelling Rules, Riddles and Remedies is due to be published in the middle of March. To find out more please clink on this link: http://www.routledge.com/9780415710008

 

Best wishes to you all,

Sally

 

 Unconditional Support for the Struggling Reader

- removing barriers to failure

I have written this article to highlight the success of using an alternative strategy to support reading to engage those who are experiencing failure, frustration and lack of motivational reward.

A project using this approach with parents of dyslexic children in Cornwall proved to be very successful – more details on request.

Reading failure breeds low self-esteem, frustration and exclusion. Poor readers are hampered in their ability to access the language, information and rewards of achievement afforded to their peers. They face embarrassment, disappointment and demotivation. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they are then often subjected to torturous methods of intervention which only perpetuate their lack of reading success. Read more »

FUN TIMES TALES

links multiplication tables to stories and games to make learning

interesting and fun.                   (CD AVAILABLE FOR SALE BY POST)

designed and produced by Sally Collard

Some children run from their tables, unable to recall which numbers go where and what numbers come next.  

 

What they need are memory aid prompts that lets them pull out the right answer to remember their tables with confidence, accuracy and fun.

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Telling the Time

Many dyslexic and dyspraxic child struggle to learn how to tell the time. This can lead to frustration and embarrassment, but also a poor sense of time.

                  

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