Dyslexia in Schools

Dyslexia is a neurological condition and genetic in its origin, so wouldn't we expect that students would be catered for in school, no matter what their neurological set up is when they are born? Unfortunately this is not the case, and after 15 years of working specifically in this area, the lack of knowledge about dyslexia for our teachers and principals is astounding.

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Stef Patch
10 Common Questions About Dyslexia

There is constantly a stream of questions around dyslexia, as each person discovers the difficulties for their child or for themselves. This can open that minefield of questions that often have a multiple of answers, depending on who you ask. We've answered 10 common questions!

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Stef Patch
What if they just don't know?

A couple of weeks ago I met with the advisor to the Education Minister in QLD, initially to discuss my concerns about the lack of action and specific learning opportunities that are available to students with dyslexia and the lack of support and information for the families and teachers involved…

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Leslie Keast-Patch
New Teachers, you can do it!

Congratulations to new teachers on choosing such a rewarding inspiring profession. This is when you will see what a profound impact you will have on the lives of those young humans you will be responsible for in the coming months. But how can you keep learning too?

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Leslie Keast-Patch
Learning in the New Year

Wonderful opportunities await, new learning and sadly for many learners, it can be more of the same obstacles and limitations. As the excitement of the new year at school ahead unfolds, be sure to take some time to prepare for and prevent some of the traps and brick walls that have presented themselves in the past.

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Leslie Keast-Patch
End of year panic!

At this time of the year, there is always a stream of emails and phone calls from desperate and confused parents, trying to make sense of the muddy area that surrounds our solutions to support struggling readers…

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Stef Patch
Fuel to the Fire

A big thank-you goes out to Mem Fox for recently opening the debate about reading and her controversial and rather flippant comments about the reading process. They have given us an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about dyslexia and provide some much needed factual information about the process of learning to read…

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Leslie Keast-Patch
Dyslexia Awareness Month: Knowledge is Power

Since the commencement of my journey as an educator, the most significant turning point for me was understanding what dyslexia is. Although I had taught children of all ages for more than 25 years, I had no training or knowledge to help me to understand dyslexia. It didn't take long to realise that I was not alone in this cloudy, foggy and very muddy area of awareness….

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Leslie Keast-Patch
Prevention Before Intervention

Imagine if we had measures in place for developing reading skills in the prep and year one classrooms, that would prevent the need for intervention later in schooling. Could this be possible? If we look at current research, evidence of successful practices and neuroscience, then the answer is YES!

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Leslie Keast-Patch