For many countries in the northern hemisphere, the new academic year begins around the start of September. Children return to school, excited to see their friends. Teachers are looking forward to getting to know their students, finding out what motivates each one, and seeing the excitement of learning. For some parents it can be a… Continue reading Awareness and understanding
My report on the TES SEN Show 2017
For certain students, traditional teaching methods are not always sufficient, and sometimes not appropriate, no matter how sensitively planned and delivered. This may be for many reasons, including physiological, developmental and neurological differences. Some students, including many with with ADHD, autism and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, have what is known as a 'spiky'… Continue reading Supporting visual strengths and needs
It occurred to me that if you are already here, you might appreciate someone else's perspective on literacy development and difficulties, so I've done a little round up of blogs you might like to check out: Old House in the Shires: How can I help my child learn to read? By a mum and teacher… Continue reading 5 points of view
via Daily Prompt: Sympathy Sometimes, a parent will quietly ask their child's class teacher or another parent if what they see in their child is 'normal'. Other times, a teacher might ask their student's previous teacher whether a particular conduct or difficulty is typical for that chid, or they might seek the advice of a… Continue reading Why does he do that?
How dyslexia can affect reading comprehension and some strategies and ideas to support skills development
Support ideas from first signs of decoding, through phonics to reading whole books.
An infographic of strategies to make classrooms more supportive of all students
Continuing the theme of recent blogs on literacy acquisition, here we focus on symbol-sound (grapheme-phoneme) correspondence and early reading. Often, children's first realisation that symbols have meaning will be when they begin to recognise familiar shop signs. They may not be able to read, but they make associations with frequently seen logos. You know the… Continue reading Early reading difficulties
Supporting spelling through an understanding of morphology
Orthography is just one of the skills students employ when learning to spell and write.
Phonological knowledge is one of the skills needed for writing and spelling in English.
A few resources and strategies I have found helpful when supporting developing pencil control for writing
An overview of the final stages of writing development.
Posters and visual timetables can be very useful both in the classroom and at home, particularly for students with learning differences. The key is to teach learners how to use them.
Executive function deficits can impact on mastery of mathematical skills. Read about how this can be supported here:
Homework is an acknowledged area of challenge for students with learning difficulties, not least because of the demands on executive function.
Some things are automatic from the get-go, others gradually develop automaticity.
Ideas for parents to share with teachers, and for teachers to test for themselves.
An introduction to executive functions - what they are and how they affect learning.