Film screening aims to inspire dyslexic children

Director James Redford

Director James Redford

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A FILM that aims to inspire people with dyslexia will be screened at the Central Library next week.

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia will be shown on Wednesday at 7.15pm by the Swindon Dyslexia – Specific Learning Difficulties Service (SpLD), in partnership with Swindon Film Society.

The film, which was launched at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, is directed by Robert Redford’s son James.

It explores issues surrounding dyslexia and features Dr Sally Shaywitz, a developmental paediatrician at Yale University, who devised the Sea of Strengths model of dyslexia, which illustrates that those with dyslexia often have higher critical thinking and creativity.

The Swindon Dyslexia – SpLD Service raises awareness and understanding of dyslexia with teachers, teaching assistants, students and their parents with training courses and the Dyslexia Friendly School Award which is promoted through schools across the borough.

The award aims to promote dyslexia friendly practice that enables children to build on existing skills to make progress in their learning.

The film, which has a PG certificate and a running time of 56 minutes, will help to strengthen and inspire children identified with dyslexia and literacy difficulties that their future can and should be successful.

Anyone wishing to reserve a seat for the film screening should call the Central Library on 01793 463238. The cost of the screening is £2 per person and is payable on the door.

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