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  1. How can I understand how my dyslexic child feels?
  2. Can this condition be treated?
  3. Where can I get treatment for my child?
  4. Are school teachers trained to identify dyslexia?
  5. Are school teachers trained to teach dyslexic children?
  6. Is dyslexia a recognized learning difficulty, in schools?
  7. Can you grow out of dyslexia?
  8. Are dyslexic teaching methods harmful to normal children?
  9. What help is there for families with dyslexic children?
  10. What software exists to assist dyslexic children?
  11. Why are all children not tested for dyslexia at an early age?
  12. Where can I get my child tested for dyslexia?
  13. Does each school have access to an educational psychologist?
  14. Are schools sufficiently staffed to cope with dyslexic pupils?
  15. Do schools have sufficient budget to cope with dyslexic pupils?
  16. How do universities cater for dyslexic students?
  17. Are there starter packs for parents to understand the problem?
  18. Are school teaching methods dyslexia friendly?
  19. Are schools governed by one code of conduct in the treatment of dyslexic children?

1. How can I understand how my dyslexic child feels? Page Top
Find out as much as you can about dyslexia. Be aware of which signs of dyslexia your child displays. Accept the child the way he or she is.
Avoid comparisons with siblings and peers. Be able to talk about things the child is good at to build up self-esteem and rapport. Give time and patience stay calm.
Once a child is old enough, talk about their difficulties. Try to analyse the problem with the child. Try to lead the child to develop its own strategy for learning.
Let that child know that you know things are more difficult for him or her in the learning area. Try to get siblings involved in helping.
2. Can this condition be treated? Page Top
This is not a condition for which there is an easy treatment in the form of medication. A dyslexic child needs a multi sensory, highly structured language programme to follow.
He or she needs to be motivated to want to learn and to realise that learning for him or herself will be harder and take longer than for others.
He or she must be encouraged to develop a learning technique for spelling and word recognition.
The child will need to develop their memory through memory training exercises. Achievements must be recognised and practiced. Fish oils are thought to be beneficial.
3. Where can I get treatment for my child? Page Top
Dyslexia Scotland has a list of tutors in your home area that are willing to help.
4. Are school teachers trained to identify dyslexia? Page Top
No. Not all teachers are trained. However, this situation is improving and education authorities are trying to ensure that training is available.
Class teachers try to find out as much as possible about dyslexia when they know they have a pupil with the problem.
5. Are school teachers trained to teach dyslexic children? Page Top
Information is available to schools and ongoing in service should be available. Local Education Authorities provide ongoing in service which teachers can opt into. Every Education Authority should have a policy on Dyslex
6. Is dyslexia a recognized learning difficulty, in schools? Page Top
Dyslexia is recognised in schools and is also mentioned specifically in The Disability Discrimination Act.
7. Can you grow out of dyslexia? Page Top
No. Strategies can be learned which make life easier.
8. Are dyslexic teaching methods harmful to normal children? Page Top
No. The methods used with dyslexic children would be beneficial to all children. A dyslexic child needs to over learn everything that is taught.
9. What help is there for families with dyslexic children? Page Top
Support groups are invaluable e.g. Dyslexia Ayrshire
10. What software exists to assist dyslexic children? Page Top
Computer programs such as Word Shark 3, Lexia. Iansyst has a wide variety of software in their catalogue.
11. Why are all children not tested for dyslexia at an early age? Page Top
Teachers and parents should be aware of anything untoward and ask for an assessment. It would be helpful if children were assessed as early as possible.
Research shows that the earlier a child is diagnosed the more successful the coping strategies are.
12. Where can I get my child tested for dyslexia? Page Top
The school can arrange for assessment via the school's Educational Psychologist.
13. Does each school have access to an educational psychologist? Page Top
Yes
14. Are schools sufficiently staffed to cope with dyslexic pupils? Page Top
No but things are improving. More and more staff are interested in upgrading their skills in this area.
15. Do schools have sufficient budget to cope with dyslexic pupils? Page Top
Probably not. Schools have different priorities.
16. How do universities cater for dyslexic students? Page Top
After positive assessment grants are available to buy laptop computers, voice recognition software, tape recorders etc.
17. Are there starter packs for parents to understand the problem? Page Top
Yes. If you choose to join Dyslexia in Scotland, you are automatically a member of your local branch.
DiS provides starting information on the subject of Dyslexia including local contacts in your area. Enquire with Dis or DA for details.
18. Are school teaching methods dyslexia friendly? Page Top
Not all schools are dyslexic friendly. In Scotland, East Renfrewshire and East Dumbarton have publicly declared that they are encouraging each of their schools to be dyslexic friendly
19. Are schools governed by one code of conduct in the treatment of dyslexic children? Page Top
No, sadly there is not a governing code of conduct Some councils make exemplary provision for dyslexic pupils in their care, while others leave a lot to be desired.
The Disability Discrimination Act should change this position.

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