Tuesday 21 May 2019

Seeing the Big Picture on catering for special needs

Louise McBride

Louise McBride

DYLAN Redford, the dyslexic grandson of Robert Redford, is the inspiration for a film on dyslexia which will be shown for the first time in Ireland in early September.

The film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, is directed by Robert Redford's son, James — Dylan's father.

Dyslexia Dublin, which offers tuition to children with learning difficulties, has won the rights to show the film in Ireland.

Dyslexia Dublin was set up about two years ago after its founder, Toby Lee, spotted a gap in the market in special needs tuition. "With the recent cutbacks in state support for special needs, there was a growing need for someone to come in and fill that void," said Lee.

Dyslexia Dublin also teaches people with other learning needs such as dyspraxia, Aspergers, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

As dyslexia runs in Mr Lee's family, he says he has a passion for teaching children with learning difficulties.

"Children with dyslexia are just learning in a different way and unfortunately they're not being taught in that way in school," said Mr Lee. "There are a lot of children who get resource hours in school but who still struggle." Dyslexia Dublin offers oneto- one tuition for children and adults. The youngest age it will take someone on is at seven. It charges €37 an hour.

"If you imagine it as a conveyor belt, if a child has two to three years of lack of connection in school, then that gap is there forever unless it is plugged. A few months' tuition brings a huge improvement in literacy." The premiere of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia is in the IMC Dun Laoghaire on September 1.

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