Seven Simple Ways To Get The Support They Deserve

1) Stay in close contact with your child’s teachers, whether that’s a simple home-school liaison book or suggesting an app like ‘Class Dojo’ (allowing you to message to say the hamster’s died, query homework or flag up difficulties).

2) Send a short e-mail to all their teachers each September, setting out your child’s learning differences and how to best support them (sadly great educational psychologists reports all too often get filed away and never looked at)

3) Agree expectations for homework. set a time limit, after which you can write a note e.g. John worked hard for twenty minutes, but found questions 8-10 too hard. Could homework be listed on a website such as ‘showmyhomework’ to avoid common difficulties around copying it down wrongly, losing it or forgetting to bring it? If not, could the homework be stapled into their homework diary or a pocket notebook your child carries around.

4) Make sure the SENCO or Head of Learning Support have enough time to do their job well and access to training. Consider becoming the SEN governor, to champion this cause.

Help her make sure both the classroom and teaching are dyslexia-friendly (e.g. tint the whiteboard, don’t ask children to copy lots, allow thinking time, use multi sensory techniques)

5) Check your child has a pupil passport

Pupil Passports are a means of outlining a pupil’s key strengths, needs and the strategies and key adjustments to teaching needed every day.

6) Agree a handful of small S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) targets for your child each term e.g. John will be reminded and praised for checking his work for capital letters.

Set a date for the next review meeting during the current meeting.

7) Check they are making progress and if not, press for small group or one-to-one interventions.

This will be the topic at the Dyslexia Midlands Support Group on Mon 28th Sept.