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Neil MacKay
Dyslexia Friendly Strategies & Support

DEtails of TES SEN Show at the Islington Business Centre

SL33
Removing dyslexia as a barrier to achievement
Saturday 12 October 2013
12.30 - 13.30


This presentation argues that high impact teaching for dyslexic learners occurs best when Dyslexia is seen as a preferred way of learning rather than automatically as a difficulty – or even worse, as a disability.  The case is made for changing the paradigm, especially for the 10-15% of children in every school who do not label but who have obvious “dyslexic type” learning needs.  I will present some high impact solutions that support pupils who think faster than they read, write, spell and get ideas down on paper, thus empowering them to demonstrate ability appropriate achievement.   This short presentation is a snapshot of my whole school training day which has proved to be very successful in primary and secondary schools in the UK and beyond and can also be built in to my new personalized consultancy package outlined on the website.  Details of other training opportunities are available on this website and also on my Facebook page –please search for Action Dyslexia.. Extracts from the hand out  here.

SL22
Dyslexia and Asperger's syndrome: complimentary sides of the same coin?
Friday 11 October 2013
15.30 - 16.30


The presentation identifies the core learning issues for pupils without formal labels but who have clear Dyslexic type and/or Asperger’s type needs.  It goes on to introduce the idea of zones of comfort and zones of challenge for each need and to make pragmatic and “do-able” suggestions to fine-tune differentiation and alternative evidence of achievement strategies which help individuals without always needing to give individual help.  It will also be argued that Dyslexic type learners benefit from being challenged to work in the highly structured Asperger’s comfort zone and while pupils with Asperger’s gain from working in more eclectic “blue sky” ways  that typify the  dyslexic zone – both groups gaining opportunities to become strategic and self-directed learners.   This short presentation forms part of my whole day training event “Total Teaching and can also be built in to my new personalized consultancy package outlined on the website.  Details of other training opportunities are available on this website and also on my Facebook page – please search for Action Dyslexia.  Extracts from the hand out here.

 

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I had no previous experience working with students with special educational needs which is why I came to your seminars. So I just thought I'd write to say how engaging and informative your seminars were. I attended 'dyslexia as a learning preference' and 'notice and adjust strategies for a busy classroom'. You made me aware of so many little tactics that can make the running of the classroom that bit more exciting but wholly educational at the same time.
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