Thursday 8 December 2016

Parents unhappy with dyslexia help

Published 11/10/2016 | 02:30

One in two parents complain of difficulty in accessing help for their child
One in two parents complain of difficulty in accessing help for their child

Two thirds of parents and 78pc of students are dissatisfied with the level of support provided by the Government to people dealing with dyslexia.

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And 92pc of teachers report that their pre-service dyslexia training did not prepare them for the classroom.

One in two parents complain of difficulty in accessing help for their child, even after dyslexia had been identified.

The findings emerged in research from the Dyslexia Association Ireland (DAI), who are encouraging people affected by dyslexia to use the hashtag #iwishyouknew to share what they wish others knew about dyslexia to help improve public understanding.

Chief executive Rosie Bissett said children with dyslexia have huge potential, often having great personal strengths in other areas.

"We would welcome a move away from terminal, timed exams (which place huge stresses on students with dyslexia) to a system which builds in more continuous assessment," she said.

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