Dyslexia: Classroom Assessment and Support

Speakers: Anne Henderson, Anita Keates, Dr Chris Singleton

Cost: – £141 sterling (£120 plus VAT; approx. US$215)

Limited concessions available for full-time students and group bookings.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow – 2 March, 2001


The identification and support of children with dyslexia (or specific learning difficulties) in the mainstream classroom is becoming an increasingly important focus in special educational needs. Typically, every class has at least one child with dyslexia, but they may go undiagnosed for several years, and the later support is given, the harder it is to bring about real improvement in the child’s attainment. As well as experiencing significant literacy difficulties, many children with dyslexia also have problems with numeracy and aspects of maths. They may encounter difficulties of learning, recall and written expression in other areas of the curriculum, despite generally good understanding.

Early identification, whether in the primary or the secondary school, is the first step to addressing this problem. Current educational developments, such as the National Literacy Strategy and the National Numeracy Strategy, have emphasised class teaching for developing basic skills and have advocated the inclusion of children with special educational needs within this framework. There is now a wide range of techniques and materials for classroom support of children with dyslexia, including stimulating new literacy teaching schemes that combine a traditional multisensory approach with enjoyable learning activities. There is also a wealth of computer programs that are especially valuable in the education of dyslexic children, including several which can be used very effectively in the classroom for practising and developing literacy and numeracy skills.

This one-day conference will cover the whole 5 to 16 age range, and will focus on:

1. Approaches to the assessment of children for dyslexia, including examination and explanation of methods and materials that all teachers can use.

2. Methods of supporting children with dyslexia in the mainstream classroom, including new schemes for literacy learning.

3. Teaching of numeracy and maths to children with dyslexia.

4. Computer programs that have proved to be most useful in the education of children with dyslexia, including some live demonstrations of software.

5. Methods of developing independent study skills for children with dyslexia.

The event will be relevant to all primary and secondary teachers, head teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators and learning support teachers, plus educational psychologists interested in developing schemes for classroom identification and support of children with dyslexia.

Key topics

Identification and Assessment of Children with Dyslexia

Methods of Supporting Children with Dyslexia in the Mainstream Classroom

Teaching of Numeracy and Maths to Children with Dyslexia

Computer Support for Children with Dyslexia

Developing Independent Study Skills for Children with Dyslexia

Conference Programme


0900-1000 Identification and Assessment of Children with Dyslexia
(i) General Principles – Dr Chris Singleton

1000-1100 Methods of Supporting Children with Dyslexia in the Mainstream Classroom – Anita Keates

1130- 1230 Identification and Assessment of Children with Dyslexia
(ii) Methods and Materials for Use in the Classroom – Dr Chris Singleton

1330-1430 Teaching of Numeracy and Maths to Children with Dyslexia – Anne Henderson

1430-1530 Computer Support for Children with Dyslexia – Anita Keates

1600-1700 Developing Independent Study Skills for Children with Dyslexia – Dr Chris Singleton

1700-1730 Questions and Discussion

(This programme is subject to minor revisions)

BOOKING INFORMATION (OnLine Booking system now available!)

The training day runs from 0900 – 1730, with registration from 0800 – 0850am. An informal buffet lunch will be available, and a choice of refreshments will be offered throughout the day. The conference programme and joining instructions / map will be supplied to each applicant.

The inclusive cost for the conference is £120 per delegate plus VAT – a total cost of £141 (please note that some concessions are available for full-time unwaged students, previous IPS course delegates, group bookings and delegates booking more than one IPS conference / training day in the academic year. If you are unable to pre-pay, and ask us to invoice your institution, local council / education authority, NHS Trust etc. we will need your completed booking form and an official purchase order or capitation order quoting the full course price together with details (direct phone number etc.) of the person responsible for arranging payment. We also accept Visa / Access / American Express credit cards plus Delta, Switch and Electron.

Please use a separate booking form for each person attending – (please note, OnLine Booking System is now available!). Please note that cancellations will be accepted until 10 days prior to the course subject to a 50% cancellation fee, both on pre-paid and invoiced course fees. After this date we will be unable to refund course fees, either paid or due, but substitutions of delegates will be accepted on condition that IPS receives full written notice of cancellation and new delegates’ names before the course date. If you let us know of any special requirements i.e. wheelchair access, hearing aid remote microphones, special dietary requests etc. as soon as possible before the conference date, we will do our best to help.

Please Contact: Linda Whelan
Confererence Co-ordinator
IPS (International Psychology Services)
17 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, England BN6 9TT

Tel. 01273 832181 Fax 01273 833250
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