Child drawing the work Dyslexia

UV chalk glowing

Dyslexia Word Jumble

3D text and glasses

 

 

Dyslexia

“A teacher sent the following note home with a six-year-old boy: “He is too stupid to learn.”

That boy was Thomas A. Edison

 

According to the British Dyslexia Association 10% of people have Dyslexia and 4% have it severely (from there website 06/2013), this means at least 10 pupils per 100 have Dyslexia. They also say it is extremely important that children are identified and helped as soon as possible and often the simplest things can make a huge difference.

Multisensory approaches have been used for many years to help children with Dyslexia and have been proven to be effective for all children. When designing the SMILE room we have been looking at how we can further extend what we already do and the resources we have. We have put a chalkboard into the room, using chalk will give a better tactile feedback and the use of a dark background has been proven beneficial. To take this further using the UV lighting and special chalk we can make the chalk standout (glow) also with the use of Crayola’s 3D chalk kits we can make letters appear raised, for example if you are teaching about split diagrams (Magic E), you can the the magic 'e' part of the word appear raised.

To further help we also have the main projection screen with 3D glasses. This will enable us to add depth when teaching phonics as well as visual and audio inputs, plus by using our touch screen monitor and ipad we can also have the child trace letters that will appear on screen. We are looking at Microsofts Kinetic for Windows, we hope to be able to have the children use their whole bodies to trace out words and sentences, this will all add to the weighted memory theory (more information on the 'about' page).

With our existing resources we can we can go even further due to the UV light, wooden letters can be painted with special, safe UV paint so they will glow, this helps them stand out as well as helps keep the child's interest. We already use a wonderful computer program in school called Nessy, which is specifically designed by someone who has Dyslexia, for children with Dyslexia, after all who knows better than someone who has it himself. This program can also be used in the sensory room on the main screen. For further information on this program as well as their great program to help teach maths and even the time please go to: http://www.nessy.com

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