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Saturday 20 September 2014

Team proud as punch of revamped dyslexia facility

Esther Hayden

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:44

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Deirdre McGuinness, Maeve McBride and Joan Mc Grath in Arklow community college

A NEW-LOOK dyslexia workshop is up and running at Arklow Community College.

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Maeve McBride of the workshop paid tribute to the previous coordinator and staff of the workshop saying they had given excellent service to the students over the years.

'We now have a totally new look workshop and our staff have doubled in numbers and are hugely qualified to children with dyslexia. The Arklow Dyslexia Workshop provides specialised tutoring to children diagnosed with dyslexia of all ages for two hours on Wednesday afternoon at Arklow Community College.

'We, as a workshop, are upgrading our service and thanks to an ongoing once off appeal to the local business we are providing new materials to enhance our service.'

She said local organisations Arklow Town Council, Cooke and Kinsella, Arklow Christian Community, Arkow Lions club, Willie Hudson, Easons and Bolands Hardware had all come on board to help out.

'There is a letter of appeal circulating to even more businesses over the next few weeks and all donations go directly to the purchase of materials and there is no funds unaccounted for.

'Primary school children this year have access to four tutors, who deal with various aspects of English including spelling, reading, comprehension and coordination,

'This year we have commenced a class for secondary pupils, started with one member and this has now increased to five.

'We are currently seeking to increase this number as with 10 or more pupils we can provide a maths teacher as project maths proves particularly difficult for children with dyslexia. It will also mean we provide a service for the senior cycle as we already have the junior cycle in place.'

If you as a parent have any questions about your child and them possibly being dyslexic please find out more by contacting your school or D.A.I. Ireland or the local number is 0879010169.

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