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Dyslexia Support & Intervention

Speaker: Professor Maggie Snowling

Jill on 01/12/2010
As an adult,it is very difficult undertaking a PhD. My topic is supporting adult learners with dyslexia, in vocational education. Being dyslexic, and trying to keep up with the reading, writing and thinking associated with the degree, is difficult. Although I need some support my IQ is ok and slightly above average. I seem to progress, and do not have the appropriate support to continue. I am really frustrated and feel disadvantaged, when I have never felt this way before in my career.I have always had supportive parents, teachers, work colleagues and lecturers.

Ruth Behan on 04/02/2010
I am a 57 year old dyslexic . I have overcome this ro some extent and now have a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies and some othe Qualifications. In the 1950's I was taught to read by the phonic method ( phonics is nothing new.) I agree this is helpful but I don't think it is the whole story because a big problem for people like me is remembering the multitude of words that just don't obey the rules. In order to cope with these I have to remember which workd they are, then convert the word into what it would sound like if it was following the rules (ie piece = pie- see ) then type or write it, then convert it back again to check it's correct. As my main disability is in my weak working memory this means I still struggle, even after years of study. So I would be wary of giving people the impression that phonic's is the whole answer.

About this talk: Professor Maggie Snowling gives an insight into dyslexia support & interventions for parents.

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