Dyslexia - How to Identify it and What to Do (Dyslexia International)

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This course was first presented at UNESCO in 2010 in French and English. Initially designed specifically to address dyslexia in the classroom, it is recognized by experts as a leading programme for teaching literacy to learners of all abilities. Developed by Dr Vincent Goetry, Course Director, and Dyslexia International


Red flagAs 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


Irish Perspective

Relevant Links

Red flagSection 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)
Click here for Report [PDF, 531 Kb]

Red flagSection 1 Other difficulties Further  information is available through a number of Irish website www.sess.ie

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Part 4

Phonological Awareness

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 2017 for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools'
Click here for DES list of test approved [PDF, 186 Kb]

SESS Website Section on Assessment

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Part 5

Formal diagnosis by specialist Schools are recommended to follow the steps in  the National Educational Psychological Service’s Continuum of Support

Special Educational Needs: A Continuum of Support (Guidelines for Teachers) [PDF, 1.66Mb]

Special Educational Needs: A Continuum of Support (Resource Pack for Teachers) [PDF, 298 Kb]

A Continuum of Support for Post- Primary schools (Guidelines for Teachers) [PDF. 646 Kb]

A Continuum of Support for Post- Primary schools (Resource Pack for Teachers) [PDF, 471 Kb]

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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]
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Section 3  1.1.2

Examinations and access The State Examinations Commission  in Ireland operates 'RACE' - Reasonable Accommodation Certificate  Examinations  RACE (DES website)