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

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.