Strategic Dyslexia Solutions

Educational Assessment, Teaching and Consultation

Available on the Gold Coast – Children & Adult Classes

Dyslexia

Difficulty with literacy experienced by smart people.

Reading

The ability to decode and comprehend written text.

Numeracy

Foundational knowledge of how numbers work.

More than 20 years of experience working with dyslectic learners.

“I have enabled students who otherwise would never have been able to read, go on with further studies and have fulfilling lives”

– Lesley Dyer

Meet Lesley Dyer…

Educational professional with a passionate interest in literacy development and dyslexia. Can assess and target intervention to produce significant growth in a short time.

Background

Lesley became a teacher because she wanted to help young children learn to read. After several years as a Year 1 and 2 classroom teacher Lesley worked in TAFE in adult literacy and saw the devastating effect illiteracy has on adult lives. That fired a passion to support literacy development, and Lesley completed further study and returned to work in primary schools as a learning support teacher. Lesley used specialised programs to successfully support children across the range of the dyslexia spectrum. She has recently begun in private practice.

Philosophy

Students need to be taught in different ways, and providing quality, evidence based programs for dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia is the goal of this organisation.

Qualifications
Dip. Teach., B. Ed., M. Ed.(equiv.), TSD 1, 2 & 3, CPT3A, Adult Lit. cert.
Registered teacher, SPELD specialist teacher, Consultant member L.D.A.

A new learning journey…

First Consultation

On this occasion our discussion will cover your concerns, school reports, other assessments completed, any specialist reports and any other pertinent information regarding the student.

Personal Assesment

An assessment of reading and/or numeracy and the underpinning skills, as well as any other assessments that may have been agreed upon during the consultation is conducted. This will provide necessary information regarding skill development and enable a program of targeted teaching to be developed.

1 on 1 or Small Group Classes

Depending on personal choice and availability there may be an option to join a small group for tuition.

The Difference and the Reward

Using evidence-based methods and materials the student will be taught in a new way, not simply exposed to a rehash of teaching strategies that have not been successful in the past. After a time working on the program the student will notice things becoming easier, after which consistent growth is generally seen.

Reading & writing difficulties

Not all students are the same, and around 10%* (some say 20%^) of students have brain ‘wiring’ that differs from most. This can result in dyslexia (difficulty with letters); dysgraphia (difficulty with writing) or a combination of the two. Although clever, these people need to be taught literacy in a different way. Structured, cumulative multisensory language programs are used, and generally result in the student becoming functionally literate and able to pursue further study, a career, and a normal life. Many very famous people are dyslectic; these include Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, and Richard Branston to name a few. These people have changed the world! Let us put some Australians on that list for the future!!

*Dyslexia Action UK   ^SPELD Queensland

Numeracy difficulties

Serious difficulties in understanding basic numeracy is known as dyscalculia. This can be the result of ‘maths anxiety’ where stress causes the brain to function ineffectively, or it can be a specific learning issue. Teaching number concepts using a range of concrete materials and manipulatives is recommended to ensure that the student can actually see, touch and manipulate the items in order to assist them to gain a genuine understanding of the process or concept being taught.

Your child doesn’t have to ‘live with’ dyslexia. You simply need a different approach.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a difference in the wiring of the brain resulting in the student experiencing the world in a slightly different way from most of us. One effect is that the student’s ability to remember the look of squiggles on a page is reduced, which is evident when a student takes much longer to remember ‘sight-words’. Another difference is the reduced ability to discern the differences between sounds, resulting in poorly developed phonological awareness. This student requires specialised teaching to develop literacy skills appropriately.

 

Why standard learning methods are not appropriate for dyslectic students.

Standard classrooms are designed for students who learn in the usual way. Dyslectic students need more time developing their aural ability than most students, they need more repetition and review than is possible in class, and they need to learn to spell using the rules of the language, as the visual memory or the ability to remember the look of the squiggles on the page is reduced. Therefore, relying on what ‘looks right’ to assist spelling is not possible. Dyslectic students must be assisted to learn by rules.

 

Dyslectic learners have a high and unknown potential.

There is a very long list of famous people from across the world that are dyslectic. Studies in the U.S.A. have shown that while 10% of the population are dyslectic, 30% of successful entrepreneurs have dyslexia*. These people are known to ‘think outside the square’ and are often found to be wonderful problem solvers. It has been reported that NASA and other corporations actively recruit dyslectic people. Supporting these learners to have successful and fulfilling lives may help humanity to solve the problems of the future. Let’s put some Australians on that ‘Famous Dyslectics’ list!!

* Dr Maryanne Wolf (2016, presentation)

 

How learning with Lesley can make the difference.

Sometimes parents and students are told that their literacy learning issue is something they will have to develop strategies to ‘get around’ in their lives. This does not have to be the case. A great deal of evidence has shown that multisensory language programs can assist students with mild to moderate dyslexia, and differently structured, cumulative, multisensory language programs can be highly beneficial in developing literacy in those severely affected.

 

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Get In Touch with Lesley

Phone:

0410 435 043

Address:

7 Cash place

Oxenford QLD 4210

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Call me on:

0410 435 043

Address:

7 Cash place

Oxenford QLD 4210