June Fitzgerald is better situated than most to discuss the benefits of the Dyslexic workshop in the Abbey Community College as she has two children reaping the benefits of the after school support.Now in its fifth year, the workshop caters for 32 children aged from eight right up to secondary school level. With eight years involvement with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland a
June Fitzgerald is better situated than most to discuss the benefits of the Dyslexic workshop in the Abbey Community College as she has two children reaping the benefits of the after school support.
Now in its fifth year, the workshop caters for 32 children aged from eight right up to secondary school level. With eight years involvement with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and a son and daughter with dyslexia, June is certainly well versed on the benefits of such workshops.
I feel it gives the child confidence and they see that they aren't the only child with problems. They notice that there are all these other children with different school uniforms on who are going through the same thing.
You can certainly see the benefits. Both my children are that bit more confident since they started and enjoy going.'
While there are many definitions of dyslexia, a very simple one would be that it is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly.
The workshop in the Abbey is a community activity in association with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Parents of children receiving tuition are expected to support their Workshop by becoming involved in the work of the local branch.
Once the child starts attending I think you can see a weight has been lifted of their shoulders. But the parents also benefit,' claims June.
It definitely helps parents too, especially coming up to exam time. You meet other parents who may be going through something similar and it helps you assist the kids with their homework. You can discuss things too. Nearly everyone thinks their child is the only child with dyslexia but through meeting other parents you realise that isn't the case.'
The Wicklow workshop meet each Monday from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and have most of the downstairs section of the Abbey Community College to work with. Nine fully trained and qualified teachers are involved, helping students not only from Wicklow town, but also Rathnew, Roundwood, Kilcoole and Newtownmountkennedy.
Workshops provide appropriate specialist tuition in a small group setting. Each session lasts two hours and requires a payment of fees. This is why it is so important for parents to help with fundraising initiatives and other activities on behalf of the branch.
The next Wicklow branch fundraiser takes place in Clouseaus nightclub, Ashford on Friday April 11. The kids disco goes on from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from parents involved with the dyslexic workshop. They will also be selling at different national schools around the county.
If anyone requires further information on dyslexia or the Wicklow workshop them simply ring the Dyslexia Association of Ireland headquarters at (01) 6790276.