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Dyslexic children – Why information doesn’t always ‘stick’ .

So this is me, Zoë Dinsdale (maiden name) when I was at school myself and before being diagnosed as dyslexic. A walking advertisement for my mother’s fine hairdressing skills!

I grew up not far from where I live now in rural South Norfolk although I travelled and lived in a number of other parts of the world before coming ‘home’.

I struggled a lot at school with reading, writing and recall. Often being frustrated by the nonsensical nature of the English language. As a (later diagnosed) dyslexic child, I not only needed things to make sence before I learnt them, I also needed to understand why I was being taught the topics in the first place. This may seem like an arrogant approach but the dyslexic mind is similar to an adult’s mind when it comes to learning .

For instance, if you were sat in a café (I know, I can barely recall those days too but go with me on this) and someone came and sat near you (for the purposes of this let’s assume s/he is vaccinated, sanitised, masked and a full 2.5 metres from you!) and started teaching you about the science behind EU approved fertilisers! Now, unless you are in the agri-science business or had a particular interest in this field (see what I did there!), then you are unlikely to take in and learn much of what he is saying.Your mind would probably be filled with questions such as ‘why is he telling me this?’ and ‘how is this relevant to me?’ You may also be wanting to politely excuse yourself from the situation!

Well, that is how I felt through a great deal of my lessons at school and its how a lot of dyslexic children feel until the teacher makes clear the value and relevance of the knowledge they are imparting on their pupils.

This isn’t the only reason dyslexics can struggle to retain information but it certainly has a significant effect.

So before you question what your child or your pupils are retaining check you have explained the purpose, value and relevance of the topic/learning point so that they know it’s worth learning.

Worried about your child or pupil(s) getting the support they need?

As a dyslexia specialist, I can help you. See my website – http://www.mancroftlearning.co.uk

Email – zoeb@mancroftlearning.co.uk

Author: Zoë Brown

I am a dyslexia specialist, qualified in assessing dyslexia and literacy related difficulties as well as tutoring dyslexic children and those who need additional literacy support. Having been diagnosed as dyslexic at an early age, I have a personal understanding of both the challenges and advantages that dyslexia brings. I feel strongly that when given the right support and positive encouragement, dyslexic people of all ages can excel in confidence and academic attainment.

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