New Irish-produced Children’s Book on Dyslexia.
Launching on May 30th, 2013, Dyslexic Brains Learn Differently is a new Irish-produced book about dyslexia for children. It is written by primary school children with Dyslexia for children. It has been created by the students of the Reading Class at Ennis National School, Co. Clare (aged 10-13 years with severe dyslexia) and is full of their personal experiences.
RTE Radio 1 Mooney Show Tuesday, 04 June 2013 21:30
Despite the fact that dyslexia affects up to 10% of our population, many people in Ireland remain under-informed about it. This means that some children with dyslexia still experience an unhelpful response to their difficulties. Parents report having struggled to find useful information and advice when their child was diagnosed with dyslexia.
In order to address this situation, Ennis NS parent Joanne O’Brien approached Reading Class teacher Fíona de Buitléir with a proposal to create a children’s book. From Joanne’s initial suggestion has come a wonderful book which looks at the truths and myths surrounding dyslexia. Reading Classes work with intelligent children who happen to have learning problems due to severe dyslexia. They help these children to learn in their own unique way, with a focus on strengthening their strengths and weakening their weaknesses. There are 19 Reading Classes around Ireland.
Dyslexic Brains Learn Differently is a 40-page book published and printed in Ennis, Co. Clare. Each child tells their own unique story from discovering that they have dyslexia to learning how to cope with it. It illustrates their many talents and abilities. The Foreword is by NEPS psychologist Richard Egan and there are information pages for parents and families, including recommended websites and apps. A unique feature of the book is that readers can scan a QR code on the cover to hear an audio-recording of the stories.
This new book will give encouragement to children with dyslexia, their parents and teachers. It clearly illustrates that these children can thrive with the correct interventions and an environment which recognises that their brains learn differently. The official launch of this book will take place at 7.30pm on the 30th of May 2013 at the Civic Offices in Waterpark House, Ennis, Co Clare. All those with an interest in dyslexia and books are invited to attend.