Literacy: getting the right help and getting it early

It is confronting to admit that your child is struggling to acquire literacy skills. Research tells us that parents fear that their child may be “labelled for life” if he or she is identified as having a learning disability.

It is very important to seek help as soon as you realise your child is having difficulty learning. Seeking help and recognising the early signs of a learning disability can mean the difference between success and failure for your child in school.

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Dyslexia Myths

Dyslexia can be outgrown.

Dyslexia is a lifelong issue. Yearly monitoring of phonological skills from year one to twelve shows the disability persists into adulthood. Although many dyslexics learn to read accurately, they may continue to read slowly and not automatically.

Reasonable adjustments for students with dyslexia

What is meant by “reasonable adjustments” for students with dyslexia? How might these relate to your child? This is not about intervention to improve literacy levels; but rather adjustments that allow the student to engage in the lesson. For students with dyslexia, this may mean accessing the information in the text or having options to express their thought processes and knowledge in writing. Some students may also have accompanying difficulties that require support for memory or planning.

Bunnings fundraiser a success

A big “thank you” to our wonderful supporters who helped at the recent Bunnings BBQ fundraiser. We are very grateful to those who donned aprons on the day and to those who provided financial support to purchase food and drinks. With your help we raised over $2000.

Donations tax deductible

Did you know that donations to the foundation are tax deductible? With the end of financial year fast approaching, if you’ve been considering making a donation to help a child with a learning disability now is the perfect time to act.

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Do you know the meaning of the word ‘mercurial’?

1. changeable, volatile, fickle, flighty, erratic
2. animated, lively, sprightly, quick-witted

The English adjective mercurial ultimately comes from the Latin adjective mercuriālis “of or pertaining to Mercurius“ (i.e., the god Mercury), whose original function was as god of commerce, transporters of goods (especially of grain), and shopkeepers.

Quotable Quote

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”          – J.K. Rowling

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