Dyslexia Awareness

Dyslexia Awareness Day - Thursday, 8th October

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October 8th is Dyslexia Awareness Day. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which affects the acquisition of fluent reading and spelling skills. Dyslexic difficulties occur on a spectrum from mild to severe. There are different strands of dyslexia and it does not affect all people in the same way. Approximately 10% of the population is affected. This means that one in ten students may be dyslexic.

CCS is striving to be a dyslexia friendly school where all people with dyslexia are enabled to fulfil their potential, where every student with dyslexia has access to appropriate identification and support to achieve their full potential in education. There are many ways in which a mainstream teacher can support a student with dyslexia in their subject: providing typed notes, encouraging colour coding of timetables, using audiobooks, mind maps, charts/diagrams, differentiated work/homework, changing fonts to comic sans, using blue markers on whiteboards, and many more.

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has one theme for Dyslexia Awareness Week: “Small Change – Big Impact” as small changes in practice and policy can have a big impact on improving the lives of people with dyslexia. CCS is encouraging staff to make one small change to support our students with dyslexia.
For more information see www.dyslexia.ie for useful tips for parents and teachers.

Dyslexia Awareness Week - CCS Screening Initiative

Dyslexia Awareness 2016The week of the 3rd of October is Dyslexia Awareness Week in CCS. Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 students. There are many definitions of dyslexia. A very simple one would be that dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn, read, write and/or spell correctly.

Under the umbrella of The CCS Dyslexia Initiative and to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week, we will be screening all CCS students in their class groups for dyslexia using computer software. The hope is to identify pupils with slight dyslexia that might have gone undiscovered. However, if you decide that you do not wish for your child to be screened, please provide notice in their School Journal.

Tips for Parents of Children with Dyslexia

Transfer from Primary to Post Primary can be a difficult transition for many students and it can be more so for a student with dyslexia.

The pamphlet below (created by teachers in Carndonagh CS) provides tips to help ease the transition...

Dyslexia Pamphlet

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