Showcased at Bett 2019 for the first time, Lexplore (stand B303) has brought 30 years of research into reading development to create a new tool that will help teachers accurately pinpoint children’s reading attainment. The artificial intelligence software in Lexplore highlights specific eye movement patterns in children which can suggest reading difficulties including dyslexia. This can help teachers identify children who may be struggling with reading in a matter of minutes.
Kilkenny tech entrepreneur, Brendan Morrissey has launched a specialist smartphone application dedicated to providing support for those living and working with Dyslexia and ADHD.
iDyslexic has been rolled out to users across Ireland, with firm plans in place to assist children suffering with Dyslexia and ADHD across the globe.
Following 18 months in development, iDyslexic is an easy-to-use digital platform that allows the Child, Parent, Teacher and Case Worker to log into a secure classroom to aid continuous support and development.
Hélène Cohen from Please Miss is a former SENCO who now trains teachers and advises schools on their SEND provision. She also tutors for the NASCO and iSENCO Masters awards and the NPQ senior and middle leadership qualifications. Here, she discusses with Education for Everybody her own personal experience of dyslexia…
The magical world of books is set to come to life with the launch of Yap Books - a revolutionary voice-activated App to help children read and experience stories.
Specifically targeted for children from reception to Year 6, Yap Books is bringing voice technology into the classroom to make reading more engaging and rewarding.
Developed by Midlands-based Yap Technology Ltd, the App features Yap Classroom, a multi-sensory learning platform where the reader's voice brings stories to life by triggering a variety of stimulating actions including animations, sounds, videos, images and digital content which is a completely synchronised to the story.
Helen Boden has years of experience as a specialist teacher and, after working in colleges with young men who struggled with literacy, and helping her two sons with their dyslexia, began working alongside her local dyslexia association. She later became the BDA’s Head of Training, Assessments and Conferences, and entered the role of CEO of the association earlier this year. As part of Dyslexia Awareness Week, Helen explains to Education for Everybody editor Victoria Galligan why there is still the need for more awareness, training and resources to support pupils with dyslexia…
Christine Fox (53) from Middlesbrough, is the founder of The Sunflower Dreams Academy which helps children to believe in themselves, provides a safe environment in which to encourage the development of ideas, aspirations and hopes and helps them to successfully face any challenges head on.
Indeed Christine has already beaten two major challenges in her life. Firstly, she was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age 48 resulting in poor literacy and mathematical skills which gave her a distinct disadvantage compared to her peers. Secondly, in 2010 she was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after being involved in a major road traffic accident.
The Five Minute Literacy Box and Number Box are very manageable systems for helping children get started along the road towards literacy, and numeracy, and particularly for enabling the early identification of potential specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. It is an entirely multi- sensory approach, following a ‘hear it, see it, say it, write it’ approach for sounds, irregular keywords and generalised spelling. It gives children an opportunity to learn with confidence and enthusiasm; it also helps prevent those who struggle from being at the back of the line, tailing off and always having to play catch-up.