What is Dyslexia?
According to Rose (2009), 'Dyslexia primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory, and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.'
At Warren Wood, staff have recieved training to recognise and support children who may show signs of dyslexia or who have a recognised diagnosis. We aim to provide a dyslexia friendly environment in which all children will be effectively supported, enablling them to achieve their potential. We are currently working towards the Stockport Dyslexia Friendly Award which we hope to achieve by September 2023.
At present we are unable to diagnose a child who presents as having difficulties with reading and spelling, but you can speak with your child's class teacher and SENDco about support within the classroom.
Visual Stress ( or Irlens Syndrome)
Irlen Syndrome is a specific type of perceptual problem that affects the way the brain processes visual information. It is not an optical problem. For those with Irlen Syndrome, the brain is unable to process full spectral light. This results in:
- a range of distortions in the environment
- a range of distortions on the printed page
- physical and behavioural symptoms
It is exacerbated by environmental factors such as lighting, brightness, glare, high contrast, patterns and colours. Irlen Syndrome affects people of all ages. These symptoms are sometimes relieved by placing a coloured overlay over the print or by wearing spectacles with tinted lenses. The colour required to achieve optimum relief varies between individuals and may change over time. To measure the precise tint needed for an individual an assessment is needed.
For further information please see IrlenUK