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Dyslexia

This page is a work in progress.  We want this page of the website to serve 2 key purposes:

  1. To make it clear what we do at Meiklemill School to meet the needs of our children who are dyslexic, or who have other literacy related needs.
  2. To provide information, tools and support for everyone regarding dyslexia.

In time, we will build a more user friendly structure to this page.  For the moment we are continuing to collate all of the information and links we wish to make available in this space.

Useful Links:

Guidelines to Support Literacy – What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia Toolkit

Aberdeenshire Council Literacy / Dyslexia Support

DYSLEXIA SCOTLAND

Information Pack for the Launch of Dyslexia Toolkit

Making Sense Report from Launch of Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit

 

At Meiklemill:

The staff at Meiklemill School have put together a document below which we hope is helpful for parents.  We spent time auditing what it is we do at Meiklemill to create Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms and also what we do to provide targeted support for children with specific literacy needs.

PLEASE ACCESS MEIKLEMILL DYSLEXIA FRIENDLY SCHOOL DOCUMENT HERE

 

What should I do if I am a parent and I have concerns that my child is struggling with literacy and may be dyslexic?

Come and talk to us.  There is not one set procedure for parents who feel this way.  Every situation is different and every child’s needs are different.  If we feel your child would benefit from some extra support at any point during their time at Meiklemill, then we will be in touch with you.

However, this does not have to be initiated by the school.  If you are a parent, and you have concerns, talk to your class teacher or a member of the senior leadership team. We can talk about your concern, look at how your child is doing at school compared to what you are seeing at home, involve the additional support for learning teacher in the discussion and seek to intervene with appropriate support where necessary. This support might take the form of some differentiated tasks, use of various practical resources or strategies, use of technologies, some intensive 121 work with a PSA, input from additional support for learning teacher, support from speech and language therapist, educational psychologist or other professionals.  (See GIRFEC Page for more information on partnership working)

As you will find explained in the document above, we will never diagnose or label a child dyslexic. However, we do have assessment tools which allow us to explore if a child has dyslexic traits or tendencies.  The tools are there to provide us all with more information about where a child’s strengths and areas for development lie.  They are not there to give labels or a diagnosis.

Above all, if you have any concerns regarding your child’s development or progress, within literacy or any aspect of learning, please come and talk to us so we can help. Make your first port of call your class teacher, but the door is always open.