For information on Dyslexia, the site developed by Inclusive
Technology is very comprehensive. For help lines and other support go to the
DfES The nature and range of specific learning
Afasic was founded in
1968 as a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech
and language impairments and their families. It provides information for parents
- and professionals - and produces a range of publications. Members meet in
local groups in many areas of the UK. Afasic also organises Summer Schools and
Activity Weeks or Weekends for children and young people, and workshops and
conferences for parents and professionals.
Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision
for children and young people with speech and language impairments. It works in
partnership with local and national government, professional and statutory
bodies and other voluntary organisations.
Dyspraxia is a neurologically based disorder of the process of
ideation, motor planning, and execution, which may affect any or all areas of
development. This New Zealand based web site is very informative about the
condition and offers support to parents.
A British-based group offering similar support is offered by The Dyspraxia
Pindora's Box provides
movement based developmental exercises for young (Reception, Y1 & Y2)
children with speech & language/developmental delays.
On a commercial note The Dyscovery Centre provides a specialist service using an
interdisciplinary approach for individuals with living and learning difficulties
such as Development Coordination Disorder, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia.
The Dyscovery Centre offers assessment, treatment and resources such as
equipment, therapeutic activities and literature to best meet the whole needs of
the individual at home, school, work and in the community. The Centre is also
able to offer follow up/review services, which ensures ongoing support. Packages
of care are tailor-made to suit client requirements and individual quotations
There is also a dyslexia discussion forum hosted by JISCmail
which facilitates discussion, collaboration and communication within the UK
academic community and beyond.
This link displays a series of pages of mnemonics which older, especially dyslexic pupils, may find
Toe by Toe is a
structured programme. It groups letters in a "pure reading" fashion as well as
the "normal words" if they can be called that. You will find "non words"
included in the pages so the child can use their reading skills alone, to
decode. There is a structure and progression to the programme where every page
is laid out for the teacher and pupil to follow with testing before the child is
allowed to move on.
THRASS is mainly focussed
on the association between graphemes (spelling choice) and phonemes (sounds) of
the language. It is up to the teacher to chose what pattern or sound they are
going to use. The main feature of THRASS is the poster which lays out a
pictorial the phonemes and graphemes.