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The Parents Heartache

Trying to help children who learn differently – both to you, as a parent, and to the average child in their class – can be an enormous heartache and source of frustration for both parents and teachers, not to mention … Continue reading

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Big Picture Visual Thinkers

Neurodivergent students are often big-picture thinkers, permanently curious, always wanting to know why, with their heads full of amazing mental images.  For example, to picture a giraffe, a big picture thinker may think of a whole herd of giraffes roaming … Continue reading

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Labour’s proposed National Education Service

Today I was listening to and encouraged by a live stream from a labour party conference on education.  The mission set out by Angela Rayner and Jeremy Corben sounded great in many aspects, but of course, labour is not in … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t dyslexia assessments include mental imagery

Every child we have met, who is diagnosed as Dyslexic, isn’t visualising words. in fact, children who aren’t visualising words will most likely be diagnosed dyslexic. Why? Because you can’t be a fluent reader without developing the skill to perform … Continue reading

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Reading flat on the table makes things worse

Many people will read this title and be perplexed. Think about your own experience of reading, where is the book, newspaper or magazine? When you are relaxed and reading fluently, you normally have the material propped up, so why do … Continue reading

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Visual skills for Neurodivergent Learners

I am speaking at the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire Patoss group meeting on 5th June in Letchworth.  Click here for details.  While so many learners struggle with literacy, numeracy, concentration or sensory overload they often have good visual skills.  Come to this short … Continue reading

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How can reading be better than spelling?

Parents often ask me this question: How can my child read a word but can’t spell the same word?  Children can have a reading age of say 12 years old with a spelling age of say 5. Neuroscience has the … Continue reading

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