If you are a teacher, particularly if working in a Local Authority school, we would recommend that you look into any opportunities there are for Dyslexia training that are free for your Local Authority, or that your school is willing to fund in your area.
Dyslexia is the neurodiverse condition that you are most likely to encounter in your career with an estimated 1 in 10 individuals experiencing Dyslexic difficulties in the UK. Despite this, teacher training leaves us woefully under-prepared to support Dyslexic learners in the classroom.
“I remember entering my NQT year and being aware that Dyslexia meant that children would have issues with literacy, but it wasn’t until I found out I had four children in my class who had Dyslexic difficulties that I realised I had no idea how to actually support the child in front of me. I spent so much time reading books and studying how to support them myself when I had all of the other pressures of a NQT year. This should all have been covered at University.” (L- teacher fot 10 years)
If there are no free opportunities in your area or your school is unable to bring in specific trainers or fund a course, there are other opportunities available for you.
FREE, online distance learning
For Community Learning and Development practitioners: www.open.edu/openlearncreate/dyslexia-inclusive-practice-CLD
The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit is FREE to access and aims to, “guide you through the steps from initially identifying some early signs of difficulty in literacy development, ensuring appropriate teaching and support, evaluating that support, and where appropriate, considering whether the term dyslexia is appropriate.” (Dyslexia Scotland)
You can find out more about the Toolkit here.
Dyslexia Scotland: https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/addressing-dyslexia-toolkit