If we're connected on social media or you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know my time has been limited over the past couple of years while I'm undertaking my doctoral study. This has sometimes meant I've had to miss a course or conference I'd otherwise have attended due to study commitments… Continue reading Patoss (virtual) conference 2020
Often, the first time parents hear the term Working Memory (WM) is when their child undergoes assessment for learning difficulties. Teachers generally understand that a student's WM dictates the relative ease or difficulty with which they 'hold' information for short periods of time, say to follow classroom instructions, write and spell accurately or complete a mathematical… Continue reading Working Memory
A short report on recent training, some useful links and an infographic interactive factors framework for DCD/dyspraxia
I asked recently what sorts of blogposts people would like to see, and one of the responses related to question words. This is a great topic, and I've decided to deal with it in three separate articles. The first relates to spelling and the second to using questions to develop reading and listening comprehension skills.… Continue reading Last questions!
Updated for Autism Awareness Week 2018. As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie - Beacons Unique Download here More infographics here More posts related to awareness-raising can be found here You can share… Continue reading Sense of Sensory
A few thoughts on targets to start the new calendar year
Infographic with tips on tackling spelling
5 games and activities to develop phonics skills
There seem to be two camps for maths: those who can't stand it, and those who can't understand why it's not as easy as 1-2-3...
Listening skills, like any others, often need to be explicitly taught.
A rather overdue round-up of my day at the Welsh Autism Show
Half a dozen helpers for inclusive education
A few thoughts on raising dyslexia awareness.
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's DLD Awareness Day...
A few ideas on maximising the impact of posters and other classroom displays.
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.
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
What to look out for and how to support learning needs in the primary classroom