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Children are given help with dyslexia
SCHOOLS in Swindon have been marking Dyslexia Awareness Week with a host of events and activities.
The aim is to help teachers and pupils to learn the tell-tale signs so they can offer support and assistance through school.
While many people know about dyslexia, most do not understand the symptoms and how to recognise it within a child.
Churchfields Academy, which was given the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark in January 2012, is using the week as a platform to highlight the contribution famous people with dyslexia have made to society.
The award means the school has a method of ensuring those with dyslexia have help in all lessons and are not in any way disadvantaged by the condition.
Lynn Lovell, professional for special needs, said: “One of the activities they will be taking part in will be to highlight the number of famous people who have dyslexia yet have gone on to lead successful lives.
“There is often a big misconception about dyslexia so hopefully we can use this week to improve what people think.
“The official figures show 10 per cent of people have it, which means a lot of children may not be aware.
“Hopefully this week can be used to help some children who may be struggling in certain subjects to come and ask for help.”
Last week saw Churchfields introduce Open Dyslexia across the school, which is a free online font.
The text is larger at the bottom to prevent letters from swapping on the page, as happens for some with dyslexia.
The school also uses buff paper, which is slightly off white to make it easier to read.
Lynn said: “We have introduced these for everyone in the school.
“We want to highlight the difficulties that are faced, not just in reading and writing, but throughout all the lessons.”
Commonweal is another school that has been taking part in the awareness week. The school was among the first to be awarded the Quality Mark through the British Dyslexia Association.
Several activities will take place throughout the week, including presentations and games to highlight the difficulties someone with dyslexia has in class.
Allison Merk, the head of Special Educational Needs, said: “I think most people are aware of dyslexia but not sure of what it involves.
“We are hoping that through this week more young people who may think they are struggling can come forward and we can help them.”
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