In an average class about five per cent of children have serious dyslexic problems and a further five per cent show some dyslexic characteristics. This programme reveals how the use of multi-sensory teaching can help dyslexic children become independent learners and boost their self esteem. For E More…lizabeth Henderson, a dyslexia adviser, it is crucial that children with dyslexia are encouraged to believe in themselves and to become independent learners from an early age. In this lesson,
Elizabeth describes these characteristics and some of the tell-tale signs in reception age children. Kate Bodle, a specialist in teaching dyslexic children, works several days a week at Ewelme Church of England School in Oxfordshire. She uses a multi-sensory approach which she feels benefits all children, not only those with dyslexia. Kate explains the approach in this programme, and we see various methods in use such as fuzzy boards, a wooden alphabet and the practice of writing on childrens backs to help them memorise their letter shapes. The importance of teaching continuous cursive handwriting and the need to "overlearn" is also covered. The staff at Ewelme School plan to do some formal training later this year.
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