Dyslexia Awareness Training

Duration 2 hours

Last audited 10th February 2023

CPD Approved
Dyslexia Awareness
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£30 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

This course teaches those working in education settings how to support children and young people with dyslexia. It explores the main definition of dyslexia and the concept of neurodiversity, as well as common co-occurring difficulties. The course stresses the crucial importance of early identification and support in improving outcomes for children.

You will learn about the many strengths and challenges children with dyslexia often experience and how these can affect a child’s life. You will also find out about the diagnostic assessment process for dyslexia, and the role you might play within it. Following The Graduated Approach, you will also learn about a range of high-quality teaching and learning strategies that you can use to support children with dyslexia in your setting.

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Developed by education professionals

Supported and appraised by a national dyslexia centre, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

Accredited by CPD

Earn 2 CPD points on completion

A range of downloadable and interactive resources

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand what dyslexia is and how it impacts children's learning and their day-to-day life.
  • Understand the characteristic traits of dyslexia.
  • Understand the signs of dyslexia in children at an early age, during their primary years, and in teenagers, and what you should do if you believe a child has dyslexia.
  • Understand the process of having a child tested for dyslexia.
  • Understand how to ensure children with dyslexia thrive at school and at home.

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Module 1: Introduction to Dyslexia

What is dyslexia? Dyslexia and SpLDs, What is neurodiversity? Co-occurring difficulties, Strengths of dyslexia, Famous people with dyslexia, Challenges of dyslexia

Module 2: Characteristics and Impact

Characteristics of dyslexia, Phonological awareness, Verbal memory, Verbal processing speed, The simple view of reading model, Reading and dyslexia, Impact of dyslexia on reading, The simple view of writing model, Writing and dyslexia, Impact of dyslexia on writing, Impact of dyslexia on spelling, Impact of dyslexia on learning, Impact of dyslexia on mental health

Module 3: Spotting the Signs

Early years: common signs, Primary age: common signs, Secondary age: common signs, Key transitions: common signs, Hearing and vision problems, Auditory processing disorder (APD), Visual stress

Module 4: Action and Assessment

Dyslexia and the law, The Graduated Approach, The Graduated Approach – assess, A personalised approach, Speaking to the SENCo, Screening, Diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, The Graduated Approach – plan, The Provision Framework, The Graduated Approach - do and review

Module 5: Practical Classroom Strategies

The importance of early identification and support, Creating an inclusive environment, High-quality teaching strategies, Supporting reading, Supporting writing, Supporting word level work, Supporting maths, Using technology to support dyslexia, Parental engagement, Optional Content

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically, so you will instantly know whether or not you have passed. If you don't pass, please don't worry. You can take the test as many times as you need – at no extra charge.

This Dyslexia Awareness training course has been designed for anyone who supports children and young people who have - or may have - dyslexia. The scenarios presented in the course are appropriate for teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, childminders, volunteers, tutors, and care workers.

Written by experts

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In partnership with

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

Leading Specialist Centre

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity is a leading specialist centre in the UK, directly supporting people with dyslexia and training the dyslexia specialists and teachers of tomorrow. The charity shares information and advice to change attitudes towards dyslexia and removes barriers to learning and life for children, young people and adults with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties by providing expert, personal and life-changing support. 

The charity’s team of specialists provide help by delivering training, dyslexia assessments, consultations and tuition, whilst also supporting parents of dyslexic children, their teachers, and employers of dyslexic staff.

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