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Inspirational Speaker in Dyslexia

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by privateteacher, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. I am a Head of Learning Support at a private school in the North West and I am looking to book a speaker who will come for a 1/2 day (in April) and speak to the School staff about teaching strategies, in lessons, for pupils with SpLDs focused primarily on dyslexia and dyspraxia.
    Does anyone know of any good speakers whom I could contact? Are you one? If so, would you please be kind enough to leave an email address and I will contact you. I have a budget in place for this.
    Kind regards.


     
  2. I am a Head of Learning Support at a private school in the North West and I am looking to book a speaker who will come for a 1/2 day (in April) and speak to the School staff about teaching strategies, in lessons, for pupils with SpLDs focused primarily on dyslexia and dyspraxia.
    Does anyone know of any good speakers whom I could contact? Are you one? If so, would you please be kind enough to leave an email address and I will contact you. I have a budget in place for this.
    Kind regards.


     
  3. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    Personally I
     
  4. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    Personally I think you are wasting your time trying to find a speaker ...... delivering INSET to accommodate dyslexia friendly teaching and leaming approaches is not rocket science . We as an LA did have a guy come to address- ( Neil Mc Kay ) he was practical but not inspirational . Have you looked at the IDP materials ? I doubt there is nothing you could not deliver yourself as Head of Learning Support and save the school some money which you may then want to spend on for example on IT programmes / multi sensory materials / fund training to support 1:1 ( in house ) specialist provision . You could contact the BDA .Sorry if this sounds dismissive - I am a bit ' beware the mantle of expertise ' ! however have a ton of stuff which I have used in my own training re Dyslexia ( and associated aresa of difficulty ) which I am more than happy to end if you provide a contact e mail add .
     
  5. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    I don't think you can beat Neil McKay. I have been on several of his courses and I find him extremely inspirational. I think you can contact him through dyslexia action website.
     
  6. <u>Minnie me</u>, thank you for the offer, I would very much appreciate the resourses. My email is as below.
    g_bentham@hotmail.co.uk

     
  7. I would recommend Neil Mackay of Dyselxia Action too. I thought he was very good. I'm not sure how many single schools he delivers too though. Guess that depends on the size of your budget....
     
  8. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    OK have tried to send you everything but it may have bounced back ( Norton ? ) - just let me know if you have received - if not will try again from work on Monday
     
  9. I would second the Neil MacKay recommendation- his daughter is very dyslexic so he also understands the parent's perspective. He lives in Holywell but travels as far as the Isle of Man, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has also written a new book-his original was the Dyslexia friendly toolkit-which is written in such a good style and takes you through how to become a Dyslexia Friendly school and the new one is about implementing the IDP-both available from SEN books.
    I think Neil is an excellent speaker, I have attended many of his events-from a 1 day training seminar for a cluster of schools at a swanky local hotel, a 2 hour session for the local PATOSS branch, and one hour sessions at NASEN and BDA events. He is always entertaining and thought provoking and every time he had a different focus, so you don't get the same old same old
    For more of an idea of his views you could check out the articles on his website at
    http://actiondyslexia.co.uk/articles.html
    You can also check out his diary to see the kinds of places he speaks at.
    P.S. I'm not on commision, it's just that over the years I've heard some appalling speakers, some of whom were more interested in selling their various merchandise rather than impart something interesting and useful. If you want to get your school enthused about Dyslexia Friendliness (and it needs to be taken on first and foremost by the SMT) then Neil is your speaker!
     
  10. Dodros

    Dodros Established commenter

    What about Lee Pascal? His presentation on dyslexia was both informative and thought-provoking when I attended it.
     
  11. Dodros

    Dodros Established commenter

    A postcript. Motivational speakers tend to focus on general, cross-curricular matters, seldom venturing into subject-specific issues of SEN in education, which may be a bone of contention for teaching staff in secondary schools. Under the auspices of Dyslexia Scotland, Moira Thomson has compiled online publications about the implications of specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) for certain National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, including Art, English, Maths, Science, ICT, MFL, Music and PE:
    http://dyslexicadvantage.wikispaces.com/Dyslexic+Advantage+Library
    Dowloadable publications such as these might help to confer "ownership" of good SpLD practice on subject teachers.
     
  12. <u>Minnie Me</u> No I did not receive the email. Please do try
    again Monday. If you are still having problems then I will attempt to
    get another email address for you to use. Maybe it is because it's a
    Hotmail account??
    As to all other posters. Thank you for replying. I will certain look at your suggestions and the dyslexia action website.

    Kind regards.
     
  13. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    Ok sorry about that - not sure of the reason why will try again and then attempt from work but because of the bulk of the files it won't go til after 6 in the eve !
     
  14. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    Yes and from the message from Norton looks like it is because a hot mail account . ...try to provide an alternative . Cheers !
     
  15. I Could I get this too? - I need to some training at my school.
     
  16. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    Send me an email add and can send you some T and L stuff. The link which Dodros provided is very very useful .
     
  17. Well, for someone TRULY inspirational, I would vote for...ME
     
  18. I am one of the senior teachers at Orrets Meadow School on the Wirral. It is a maintained special school for pupils with spld / dyslexia. We also have a strong outreach team who work in most of the local authority's mainstream schools.
    We offer inservice training and have several experienced presenters on the staff.
    email: janetsutcliffe@orretsmeadow.wirral.sch.uk

     
  19. Hi,
    I know this is a while after your post, but is there any chance I could see some of your materials? I'm looking at putting together some INSET.
    Thanks,
    Susan
    patricks@bridlingtonschool.org.uk
     

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