Rainy Day Fun: Top 4 Card Games to Improve Reading Accuracy

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Want something to pack in your suitcase to brighten up rainy days?  Try a reading card game! This kind of targetted practice is much more fun and productive than yet … Read More

How to get Free Access to Half a Million Brilliant Books (inc text books)

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RNIB Bookshare is a brilliant venture which provides free access to an amazing collection of ebooks for those who struggle to read conventional print. That includes ASD, ADD, dyslexia, blind, … Read More

20% off Your 5 Point Plan for September

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Ensure this is the only kind of ‘summer slide’ your child/teen experiences!   By September most pupils will have lost almost six months of school.  Do you need an easy … Read More

How an ACE dictionary can boost spelling

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If you’ve never come across an ACE spelling dictionary, it is a weird thing. ACE stands for Aurally Coded, so each word is grouped according to sound, so gnome and … Read More

One trick to improve reading in five minutes or less

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One of the secrets of success of a programme like Toe By Toe is that it teaches kids to split up words. This is something which often gets either neglected … Read More

10 Easy Read Books for Dyslexic Adults/Teens That Aren’t Awful

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Dyslexics tend to be great guessers.  That’s a good coping strategy but it often means that reading stalls at that of an 11-year-old, unless you do a little bit of … Read More

7 Reasons Your Kid/Teen REALLY Needs Flashcards

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More than a decade of tutoring adults, kids and teens (with dyslexia, dyspraxia/DCD, dyscalculia, ADHD, ASD, OCD, anxiety, Asperger’s, 2E, school phobia, sensory processing, auditory processing and normal, boring neurotypical … Read More

Top Ten Spelling Apps

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To me, very little beats an amazing app to make spelling practice a bit more fun, but there are so many terrible ones.  This is the sum total of more … Read More

The missing piece to help a dyslexic love reading

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Dyslexics initially struggle to use their upper “sounding out” circuit and so they often just stop using  it.  But when we are learning to read we need to use it. … Read More

Is this the best £1 you’ll ever spend?

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Does your child/teen’s thumb start to creep over when they write?  It’s worth having a check. This is a very common adaptation, which teachers tend to ignore. So why worry?  … Read More

4 Reasons Why you Should Stop doing Pointless Tasks from School!

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First off, you’re a great parent!  You must be because you spend your free time reading blogs like this rather than much more pleasurable or pressing things.  I know you … Read More

Should my child be taking fish oil?

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As a dyslexia assessor, this is something I get asked all the time. Here are some different perspectives to enable you to make an informed decision. Good for your eyes? … Read More

Rosemary and Lavender: your kid’s two new best friends!

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We all know that smells can change your mood, but these two can change your brain… Diffusing organic essential oils is cheap, easy and has been shown to have effects … Read More

Not All Eye Tests Are Created Equal

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You’ve had your child’s eyes checked with a free NHS eye test, so that’s that.  Sorted.  No eye disease and no refractive error.  20/20 vision. But they lose their place, … Read More

We Need To Talk About Dyslexia: my favourite book, film and TV show

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Most estimates put approx. 10% of the population as dyslexic: that’s about 700 million people.  Most of us will doubt ourselves and our capability.  If we are lucky, we get … Read More

6 Keys to Effective Revision

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It was a dark day when I realised that everything I had ever been taught about how to revise was WRONG!  Over the last century, neuroscience has proved what I … Read More

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