Dyslexia accreditation and teaching methods
Generally, in order to become a dyslexia specialist, tutors need to have Qualified Teaching Status and classroom experience in order to pursue accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association.
Official accreditation does exist for dyslexia tutors and there are three recognised accreditations in the UK: AMBDA, which stands for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association, ATS, which stands for Approved Teacher Status and APS which stands for Approved Practitioner Status. These qualifications are for working specifically with children and are becoming more recognised by Local Education Authorities. More information about these accreditations can be found on the British Dyslexia Association Website.
What is Dyslexia?
According to the British Dyslexia Association, 10% of people in the UK are dyslexic and 4% are said to be severely so. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty and generally affects the skills involved in reading and spelling. Some characteristic features of dyslexia include:
Difficulty reading specific words
Slower sound reading ability
Seeing letters blur on the page
Making syntactical errors
Making lots of spelling mistakes
Difficulty in concentrating on texts
Problems identifying phonemes
What is Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia is the inability to develop arithmetical skills. Research suggests that between 3 and 6 % of the UK population have dyscalculia. People with dyscalculia often find it difficult to understand simple numerical concepts and have trouble learning numerical facts and procedures. Dyscalculia is often thought of as dyslexia for numbers and very little is known about its causes and preventative measures. Around 50% of people with dyscalculia are said to show symptoms of dyslexia. Some characteristics of dyscalculia include:
Difficulty counting in sequence, especially in twos and threes
Performing calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Difficulty reading long numbers aloud
Difficulty in dealing in monetary values
Dyslexia Teaching Methods
Often, teachers use multi-sensory teaching methods to help dyslexic students with their studies. Some students learn more effectively through one sense than another, for example, some learn better through visual approaches whereas others learn better through auditory approaches. Dyslexia teachers often use pictures, recordings, videos, songs, computers amongst other techniques in order to widen the range of learning styles for dyslexic students.
Another common teaching method used to help dyslexic students is phonemic awareness. This particular method refers to hearing and identifying individual sounds in spoken words. Before a child learns to read and write, they generally become aware of certain sounds in words work. Phonemic awareness is important because it improves reading, comprehension and spelling.
Approximately 35-40% of people with dyslexia experience visual discomfort when reading books. They often experience blurred letters on the page, headaches, doubled words and difficulty tracking words across a page. As many people with dyslexia are sensitive to white backgrounds, the use of pastel coloured overlay filters or glasses can often help them see words clearer on a page.
Much dyslexia tuition involves improving student’s confidence. Dyslexic students often face failure more often than other students and dyslexia specialists can help change students’ attitudes towards their shortcomings. By focusing on a student’s strengths, they become reassured that there are areas in which they are already achieving and that they are already successful students.
Some of history’s most excellent minds have been dyslexic, including Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and John Lennon.
Contrary to common belief, people with dyslexia do not see words backwards. They may often form letters backwards although this is something that many people do when first learning to write.
Many people with dyslexia see things three dimensionally, which affects how they see words on a page.
People with dyslexia often find it difficult to read small words such as ‘is’ and ‘in’.
Students with dyslexia are often known to excel in other areas of study that does not involve such extensive reading and writing.
Dyslexia is the most common type of learning difficulty.
Dyslexia often runs in families.
Some other good sources of information on dyslexia and dyscalculia can be found on the Dystalk website. The Beating Dyslexia website also has a free online test to initially assess if someone may have dyslexia and the Dyscalculia Centre also offers a free test for dyscalculia.
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia tutor: Case Study
Are you looking for a dyslexia or dyspraxia tutor in the UK? Why not have a look in our directory. Specialists such as Amanda Simon, offer dyslexia and dyspraxia tutoring in Hackney, London and offer a wealth of experience working with students. As an Oxford Graduate with five years of experience as a private tutor and a number of successes, Amanda Simon is in a strong position to offer high quality, academic tutoring to students of any nationality and all capabilities and she does so in an encouraging, patient, understanding and motivating manner.
Amanda seeks to enable students to discover their own unique approach to study and enhance creative and independent thinking. Amanda takes great care to respond to each student individually and designs work programs to suit individual temperaments and learning styles, especially dyslexia and dyspraxia.