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Diploma in Dyslexia Support
Discover how to recognise dyslexia
Armed with knowledge, you can help young dyslexic people
The words swim on the page. The child can't make them out. The teacher sighs. Everyone else in the class seems to be moving ahead. The child feels stupid.
That's the fate that awaits a young person whose dyslexia is undiagnosed.
It turns young people off school, and risks them dropping out.
And the psychological impact is just as damaging. Many people with dyslexia have spent years believing they were useless.
And there's just one person who can save that child. You. Everyone else is just too busy, or perhaps not caring.
It's a huge responsibility. But it isn't something you can walk away from.
Why it has to be you
Are you involved with dyslexic children? Perhaps you're a parent, teacher or teaching assistant? Or maybe you'd like to work in this field? There's no job that's more rewarding than seeing a dyslexic child beginning to bloom.
It's a field that's growing
The government wants to improve the support for special needs in schools. And no wonder. Parents are concerned to access more help, and schools know they need to support their pupils.
Children with dyslexia don't just need support with learning, but also with behavioural skills, organisation and social skills.
A government report indicated that dyslexia affects 10% of the UK population with 4% being severely affected.
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is aimed at parents, learning support assistants (whether working or prospective), teaching assistants and classroom assistants who would like to build their knowledge of dyslexia, or specialise in it.
All teaching and learning support staff in both mainstream and special schools need to be involved in supporting pupils with dyslexia.
This course aims to build the knowledge and skills of support staff so they are better able to provide high quality support to children with dyslexia.
Will I benefit from the course?
Our course is packed full of valuable information and skills to help not only those involved in education, but also parents of children with dyslexia. And, by understanding more about dyslexia, you can pass on those benefits to the children. Take a look at the advantages...
If you're a parent
- You'll become more aware of the help available for your child.
- Your knowledge will enable you to explain your child's condition to education and health professionals, and give you the confidence to discuss your child's problems in meetings.
- You'll learn ways in which you can help to develop your child.
If you're a teacher or teaching assistant, or you want to become one, this course should be important to you.
- You'll learn how to recognise the symptoms of dyslexia, and how to assess pupils for specific disabilities.
- You'll be able to help pupils with dyslexia by applying practical methods.
- You'll find it easier to communicate with parents concerning their children's needs.
- Your newly acquired knowledge will give you the confidence to talk to other professionals regarding special needs.
- Your specialist knowledge will help you to find more employment opportunities.
According to Dyslexia Action, 9 out of 10 parents of children with dyslexia say teachers lack the proper training
needed to support their child.
And 84% of teachers surveyed by the DriverYouth Trust said it was very imoprtant to be terained to teach children with dyslexia.
Click Play above to watch an extract from an interview with an
educational psychologist. You can watch the whole interview if you enrol today.
Student Success Story
As my two children are now in school I want to go back to work, and I'm interested in dyslexia because my son seems to be reluctant to read. The course is helping me personally and also will give me a qualification that will help me get a job in a school.
- Jane, Streatham
Is the course right for me?
Before deciding whether to take up the course, it's best to think about whether it's right for you. You won't want to waste your time and money by embarking on a course that you might later consider unsuitable.
And we want to make sure that you get the best from our course. So it's best to ask yourself a few questions:
For teaching assistants and teachers
- Do you enjoy working with children?
- Do you have a caring nature?
- Will an in-depth knowledge of dyslexia help you in your job?
- Do you have the patience to devote yourself to the needs of others?
- Will your career get a boost from the knowledge gained on the course? Or will it help you to find another job?
- Will this additional knowledge help you in caring for your child?
- Do you have time to spend a few hours a week studying?
- Do you want to find out how to access professional help for your child?
If you answered 'yes' to these questions, then this is the course for you.
If you answered 'no', it's best to have a re-think. Working with dyslexic children can be one of the most rewarding jobs available, but you have to be committed. After all, these children depend on you for support.
Student Success Story
I was really worried about Mark because he didn't seem to be getting enough support from school, even though I was pushing them. But since I've started on the course, I'm more sure of my ground so I can talk to his class teacher better.
- Maria, Cheam
The Diary of a Dyslexia Expert
Follow the highs and lows of a professional dyslexic expert's life, as she reports each week on her experiences in the field.
You'll get insights into her day, and learn from her work. The Diary is available exclusively to our learners.
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How you can help children with dyslexia
To help meet the needs of dyslexic children you have to first recognise that a child has special needs. Then you can act appropriately and offer them support. That's where your skills will come in. The term dyslexia covers a wide range of conditions, each with its own associated needs in varying degrees.
Our Diploma in Dyslexia course recognises that each child has their own individual challenges, strengths and weaknesses. With the help of our specialist training, you'll learn to recognise each child's strengths and build on them, whilst also helping them with their weaknesses.
You'll be taught practical skills, and be given hints on overcoming psychological and physical barriers. We'll also show you how to monitor the progress of pupils receiving your support.
Click Play above to watch an extract from an interview with a parent of a child with dyslexia. You can watch the whole interview if you enrol today.
It's a good course – not too complicated but detailed enough to be useful. I can do it on my laptop at home – it makes it easier to learn – it's not like being in a classroom.
- Ann, Glenrothes
How the course will help you
This course has been developed specifically to help children with dyslexia, and covers every aspect of caring for dyslexic children, as well as the wider issues, such as how to access further support. You'll therefore find the course invaluable whether you're:
A parent or carer who wants to understand and help your child.
A teaching assistant who wants to advance your career by specialising in dyslexia.
A teaching assistant who wants to be more effective in your job by identifying the symptoms of Dyslexic children, and then providing the necessary support.
What else does the course cover?
As the course has been written for the UK in particular, it will help you to understand dyslexia requirements for UK schools.
The course enables you to provide help that meets children's particular needs, and helps you to identify the type of help that is needed.
You'll learn how to recognise the symptoms of conditions involving dyslexia. Therefore you'll be more effective in any job involving children with special needs. As well as learning how to assess a child, you'll learn how to monitor pupils' progress so that you can evaluate their development.
Why this course in particular?
If you can't decide why to choose our course rather than another one, consider this:
- You'll get a proper, recognised qualification.
- The course is taught by expert tutors who work with dyslexic children. So you'll get accurate support and information – not theory.
- Our course is in an easy to follow format. If you have a laptop or tablet, you can study it on your lap in front of the TV!
- Support is only ever a phone call away.
- Our information is specific to dyslexia in the UK.
What you'll get at the end of the course
When you successfully complete the course, you'll get a Diploma in Dyslexia Support. It demonstrates your knowledge in the field of dyslexia.
It's time to get started
Having read this far, you've got what it takes - motivation. Now all you have to do is get started. Fill out the registration form now, because this is where the adventure and rewards begin. It's easy to start:
- Click here to enrol. You can sign up online, and you'll be able to start your course right away.
- When you get the course, read the first module. It has an easy-to-follow format. Then just plunge in.
- Do the same for the other modules, until you reach the end of the course. By then, you'll be helping children with dyslexia.
If you have any questions, call us on 065 317 8848 (or +27 65 317 8848 if you're outside South Africa) and we'll answer any queries you might have.
We look forward to helping you succeed.
With best wishes
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