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  This month we’re lucky enough to share with you an expert view from Dr Gavin Reid, international educational psychologist, experienced teacher and ambassador for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. He has written over 30 books on dyslexia, literacy, learning styles and motivation – and our latest blog post!

Dr Reid has also written us a resource packed with tips for your students. We’ve highlighted some of the best places to find further resources below.

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Resources for students with dyslexia

 
   
In his blog post, Dr Reid explains the complexities of dyslexia and how it is not just about literacy challenges. Here he dispels some of the myths and shares advice on how making the best of students’ strengths can make a big difference to their progress.

20 teaching ideas and strategies to support students with dyslexia is packed with helpful advice on supporting students with dyslexia. Use of mind maps or visual imagery, sequencing, setting goals and discussion tasks, and binning your red pen are just some of Dr Reid’s suggestions.

Our resource templates collection includes some of the frameworks suggested by Dr Reid, including a Structure log book for tracking the plot, ideas and themes in a text and Balloon debate for encouraging critical thinking.
 
 
 
 
How to find more support

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
Dr Reid works with The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre which works closely with schools and educational professionals to support students with dyslexia.

The British Dyslexia Association publishes a range of practical handbooks and works alongside schools to ensure they become dyslexia friendly. They run webinars and offer guidance on how to recognise the indications of dyslexia in a student’s work and behaviours.
 
     
 
 
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Why not put up this wheel of apps for people with dyslexia in your classroom (and your staffroom)? Dr Reid also recommends viewing the wheel on a screen, where you can click through to each app via the blue text.