Course to help support parents of children with dyslexia

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A course to help parents of children with dyslexia is being run in Bovingdon.

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre will be running the course from 3 November 3, over six Tuesday mornings, 10am to 1pm, covering all relevant topics to support dyslexic children.

Patricia Munn, who has attended a previous course, said: “This is the first time the course has run anywhere other than the centre itself (and West Sussex) and being a parent of a dyslexic child and having attended the course myself it is of enormous value in supporting parents and children.

“Having attended the course, I have now been inspired to train as a learning support assistant for children with specific learning difficulties and now support children at a local school.”

The course will run at St Lawrence Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, Bovingdon HP3 0LP and each week will focus on a different area of support.

These include: Introduction to specific learning difficulties, focusing on dyslexia, strategies to help with self-esteem and motivation; understanding learning preferences; strategies to support study skills; strategies to support reading accuracy and comprehension; spelling - ideas and strategies; numeracy - ideas and strategies; helping with homework and talking to schools.

The cost is £20 to register per session or £75 for all six sessions, and this cost is subsidised by the Helen Arkell Bursary Fund. Call Julie Hall at Helen Arkell on 01252 792400 or jhall@arkellcentre.org.uk.

Dyslexia Awareness Week runs this year from October 5 and information about dyslexia and the course will be available at Waitrose in Berkhamsted on Tuesday, October 6.