Finding Your Voice with Dyslexia/SpLD is an essential guide to living with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLD). The book provides readers with a practical guide to expressing and developing ideas and feelings. Uniquely designed for dyslexic/SpLD readers, this book discusses individual functions and will help enable those addressed to: understand how they think, know what they can do to maintain clear thinking, know how they can positively contribute to any situation in which they find themselves. When people with SpLD find their voice, they gain the self-esteem and confidence to tackle all elements of life (study, employment, general living), and to negotiate successfully with those around them. The book contains stories, insights, examples, tips and exercises, presented in a user-friendly way throughout. The book has also been designed for non-linear reading, and each chapter also includes a "dipping-in" section to guide the reader. As well as providing vital assistance for people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, this book will benefit anyone supporting, living, or working with dyslexic/SpLD people by helping them to understand more about the dyslexic/SpLD world.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Illustrations; Useful Preface; Chapter 1: Living Confidently; Chapter 2: About the Mind; Chapter 3: Using the Mind; Chapter 4: Thinking Preferences; Chapter 5: Thinking Clearly; Appendix 1: Resources; Appendix 2: Individual, Personal Profile of Dyslexia/SpLD and Regime for Managing Dyslexia/SpLD; Appendix 3: Key Concepts; Appendix 4: Group Work; Glossary; Index
Ginny Stacey discovered she was dyslexic in her 20s. She is a nationally-recognised expert in the study of dyslexia/SpLD. Committed to helping other dyslexic people achieve their potential, she has developed a range of highly effective techniques for supporting dyslexic students that are now widely used in universities and colleges. Ginny developed the dyslexia support system at Oxford Brookes University from 1991-2004 and held a post at Oxford University from 2005-2007. She has been a freelance dyslexia consultant since 1991.
Sally Fowler discovered she was dyslexic in her 40s. She is an approved teacher for the British Dyslexia Association, with an M.A. in special education, and has taught dyslexic children in schools and students at university. Sally taught at the Unicorn School in Abingdon, then a specialist school for dyslexia, and is a member of BDA and the Oxford SpLD Tutor Group. Since 2007, she has been a freelance support tutor and assisting with these books.
"‘Know yourself’ – that’s the key message from this book. Images, both visual and written, analogies from maps to gardening, ‘insights’ and movement ideas are used to understand dyslexia and other SpLDs. The layout helps us: clear font; text boxes; short blocks of text; mind maps; use of colour; glossary notes and clear routes or ‘pathways’ through the different chapters which can be individualised. Lots of ideas here, so this book will help both dyslexic individuals and anyone who comes into contact with them – that is, all of us!"
-Sally Daunt, SpLD support tutor, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (UK)
"Finding Your Voice with Dyslexia is practical, personal and positive about dyslexic strengths, as well as providing ways to overcome the pitfalls. It offers a valuable balance of ideas, anecdotes and theory to enable the reader to work out the best ways to use their own individual thinking patterns. It has given me new insights into strategies to help my dyslexic students and I will be referring to it whenever I need inspiration in my teaching."
-Alex Brown, Specialist SpLD Support Tutor & Dyslexia Assessor, Member of Oxford SpLD Tutor Group
"Understanding the impact that dyslexia/SpLD has on our lives is an incredibly challenging undertaking which is wonderfully executed by Stacey and Fowler. They go beyond this by providing an intuitive guide for dyslexic individuals to help across all aspects of our lives, be it in everyday life or when applied to academic study. The design of the book enables any reader to choose their own path through the book with exercises, strategies, and suggestions helping facilitate understanding of how dyslexia and SpLDs affect us all."
-Thomas Hird, PhD candidate in Physics at University College London and Oxford University (UK), and former SpLD student of Ginny Stacey
"I thoroughly recommend this book for those who are determined to improve their metacognition and their thinking and to anyone who wants to help them."
- David Bailey ADG, CPD tutor, Dyslexia Action Training, Dyslexia Review