Has your child dyslexia?

Has your child dyslexia?

There are many definitions of dyslexia but basically it is difficulty learning to read and spell. It affects all aspects of literacy, reading, spelling, writing and sometimes working with numbers. Recent research shows that children may have difficulty with short term or working memory as well as phonological awareness, that is the ability to break up the words into sounds and to blend sounds together. It is thought that up to 10% of the population have dyslexia. Dyslexia runs in families and research is ongoing into the nature of the causes.

Dyslexia screening available on Saturdays and during holidays from €60.

Generally parents may start to notice a problem in senior infants or 1st class, however there can be signs as early as age 3. If your child is aged 5 - 7 click here to download or print out the checklist.

How can my child be helped?

There are many programs developed to help children overcome their dyslexia. One the most effective programs to date in Ireland has been the Fast ForWord(c) program. This program is available for all children throughout Ireland to use on a computer at home. Fast ForWord improves all aspects of learning as well as literacy because it works on 4 key areas, memory, attention, processing speed and sequencing. The program has been developed in America based on years of neuro-scientific research, and has been proven to rewire the brain and improve learning capacity.

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Hello, I’m Mary O'Dowd

Mary O'Dowd

Education Consultant

Mary is a registered qualified teacher with over 38 years’ experience and over 20 years’ experience in helping children with specific learning difficulties. She is qualified and registered with the British Psychological Society to carry out educational testing. An expert in dyslexia, she has lectured in Ireland and overseas. In 2005 Mary O’Dowd set up SMART Education to provide educational assessments, consultations, tutorials and workshops for students aged 4 to 18 yrs.

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