Philippa Bodien on 05/02/2010 early rather than late intervention - so diagnosis and teaching support with dyslexia and not just speech is indicated. 7 years is leaving them at scchool without support for two years. Research has shown that phonics and phonolgical support alone is not sufficient. Connection to the printed word needs to be made.
About this talk: Jane Emerson discusses who should be consulted if a child is showing the signs of dyslexia. She considers when a speech and language therapist or an educational psychologist should be used to assess a child.
About the speaker: Jane Emerson, the founder of Emerson House, is a speech and language therapist with more than 25 years' experience of working with children. She is an expert in dyslexia and dyscalculia.
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Key Points Covered in This Talk:
Assessment: If dyslexia-type problems are being noticed then, in a pre-school child, it would probably be very wise to see a speech and language therapist because the child might just have a developmental delay. Many children are highly articulate before they go to school and the parents are full of confidence that they are not going to have any problems, even if there is dyslexia in the family. They are the sort of children who may not learn to read easily if they have got a visual memory problem because they do not recognise words they have seen many times. Children who are late to speak or have trouble using language before they go to school are in the "at risk" category but it doesn't necessarily mean they are going to be dyslexic. Seeing a speech and language therapist would still be a good idea as most educational psychologists prefer not to see children to diagnose dyslexia before they are around seven years old. It can be very worrying when you have a five or six year old child at school, so if the signs seem obvious even when they are five or six it's good to go and have a preliminary assessment with an educational psychologist.
Dyslexia Help: What Dyslexia Parents Can Do: Dr Valerie Muter gives and insight into how parents can help their children to cope with dyslexia and provide dyslexia help. She gives a view of both what can be done in the early years and the middle years.
Help for Dyslexia: Reading and Spelling: Jane Emerson describes the methods available for teaching dyslexics how to read and spell. She considers phonic approaches and provides recommendations for how parents can help their children in the early years.
The Background to Having Your Child Assessed: An insight into why a child should be assessed; what use an assessment can be; the background information required for an assessment; and an overview of what assessments entail.