Helen Fleming is Volunteers Manager (and Education Conference Co-ordinator) at Dyslexia Scotland
We have come a long way in how we understand the needs and rights of dyslexic young people, such as the importance of early identification to help young people to begin to put useful strategies in place to assist their learning. However, there are still many myths about dyslexia and a large part of our work is to raise awareness, so our annual education conference is the place to keep up to date and help change things for our children and young people.
Dyslexia Scotland’s annual conference for teachers takes place on Saturday 26 October in Glasgow and once again we expect over 200 primary and secondary teachers and other practitioners from across Scotland to attend. Our theme this year is ‘Building independence in children with dyslexia’.
We have three brilliant keynote speakers, including Dr Rob Savage from University College London Institute of Education, who will speak about preventive early interventions and effective later interventions, and one of Dyslexia Scotland’s Young Ambassadors, Hamish Holmes, who will talk about his experience of using assistive technology to support his schoolwork and other aspects of his life. Finishing off the day will be dyslexic former Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Mamta Singhal.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend two interactive workshops on the day. CALL Scotland will run an interactive and informative workshop on assistive technology in the classroom, something that was requested by many of last year’s delegates who visited CALL Scotland’s information stand. There will be a chance to discover more about Outdoor Learning for primary pupils, with games to develop movement skills and physical literacy.
A ‘Playing Card Games’ workshop will look at fun ways to develop numeracy in learners with dyslexia and dyscalculia while another workshop looks at building resilience, easing stress and building success for pupils in the classroom.
The workshop on early identification and support for pupils with dyslexia is proving popular, as well as an update on the outcomes of the ‘Making Sense’ Dyslexia project, and GTCS Professional Recognition in Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice pilot.
Last year delegates said:
‘Excellent conference – well worth a Saturday!’
‘This was my first conference and I found it very helpful and informative – I definitely feel better equipped to help meet the needs of the dyslexic pupils in my caseload.’
To find out more and book a place visit:
Dyslexia Scotland Helpline – www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/helpline
Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit – www.addressingdyslexia.org
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