Dyslexia: How to identify it and What to do
As this course was not developed specifically for Irish teachers, and without input from SESS, some content and language may vary from that normally used in the Irish school context. Please see below for those sections to which this especially applies.
Dyslexia International Course
|Section 1||What is Dyslexia||The exact nature and cause of dyslexic type conditions causes much discussion and debate. Different jurisdictions use different criteria for identification of dyslexia|
Report of the Task Force on Dyslexia (2001)
|Section 1||Other difficulties||Further information is available through a number of Irish website||www.sess.ie|
4.2.3: Pseudo Words
4.5.1: Rapid Automatised naming
4.5.2: Short-Term Memory
Whilst the activities are useful examples of a task used by formal tests they should not be used to support a formal identification of dyslexia as they are not normed and there is no information given in relation to what age-group they are appropriate. The use of a valid and reliable standardised test is required
DES 'Tests approved for use in 2010/2011 for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools'
|Formal diagnosis by specialist||Schools are recommended to follow the steps in the National Educational Psychological Service’s Continuum of Support|
What to do
|Principles underpinning Learning and teaching of students with learning difficulties are outline in the Learning Support Guidelines||Learning Support Guidelines (DES 2000) [PDF, 474 Kb]|
Section 3 1.1.2
|Examinations and access||The State Examinations Commission in Ireland operates 'RACE' - Reasonable Accommodation Certificate Examinations||RACE (DES website)|