1 in 5 children have difficulties with reading and writing


Understanding Dyslexia – A Guide for Families

This booklet is by parents and children – for parents and children.  It’s written by Parent Champion Emma Seymour and her son Elliott (8) who has dyslexia.  This is why she wanted to write ‘Understanding Dyslexia’,

“After we found out that Elliott had dyslexia we wanted to sit down and talk with him about what dyslexia was, what that meant and how he felt. Like many parents and carers in this situation, at the time we felt completely overwhelmed by the whole experience, not really knowing where to start. We felt isolated, stressed and in need of reliable information, resources and support. We did our best to answer Elliott’s questions but looking back we would have loved to have a short booklet which we could have shared together as a family. A simple guide suitable for primary school aged children that could have supported us through the questions we had and the feelings we needed to express and share.

During the past year as a Parent Champion I have been asked by many parents and carers if there is a reliable resource which would help them to talk to their children about having dyslexia. Consequently, I wanted to write this guide for parents and carers to offer something positive and practical that they could share with their children to help them understand dyslexia, to talk about their experiences and to point families towards the resources that are available.”

For parents/carers and children aged 7-11yrs

Download Understanding Dyslexia – A Guide for Families (PDF: Size 2.8 Mb)

For parents/carers and young people aged 11-16yrs

Download Understanding Dyslexia – A Guide for Families (PDF: Size 3.0 Mb)

“Our Parent Champions play a vital role because they understand the challenges Mums and Dads are facing. We’re not looking for experts. We’re looking for people who care. The dyslexia sector have come together to share expertise and good practice; we have a bank of resources, top tips and materials which can help. Share these with those that need it and you’ve already made a difference.”
Mel Byrne

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