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Dyslexia Courses Ireland offers support to teachers at primary and secondary level, parents of students with dyslexia and the students who have dyslexia.  The support is offered through courses/study skills workshops and information /resources are made available on-line. 

 

Courses include:

  • Inservice courses for teachers.  
  • Information nights for parents of students with dyslexia.   
  • Study skills workshops for students with dyslexia. 
  • Courses on dyslexia for mainstream teachers who have some SEN hours.

 

Information in the download section of this website includes:

  • The Factsheets on Dyslexia at Second Level.  This set of 18 Factsheets is primarily for teachers. Factsheet 16 is for parents on how they can support the student with dyslexia.  Factsheet 17 is for students with dyslexia and includes advice on study techniques which help.
  • A Factsheet for the parents on how they can support the primary school child with dyslexia.
  • A Factsheet on web-based resources including on-line tutorials, study notes and examination preparation for second level students.
  • Factsheet on Ten Tips on Study for Junior Certificate students with dyslexia.
  • Factsheet on Tips on English Paper 1 in Leaving Certificate for students with dyslexia.
  • Strategies/resources for the mainstream teacher who may have SEN classes. 

 

What people say about our courses

 

Teacher courses

  •  'An excellent course, well delivered.  A lot of great resources.  Loved directions to specific websites such as PDST graphic organisers.'
  • 'Excellent, best course I have been on in a long time.  Better than the dyslexia module on my M.Ed.'
  • 'Great balance of practical information and informal discussion. Excellent and knowledgeable presenters.'
  • 'Very informative and clearly presented, detailed, yet easy to follow.'
  • 'The 3 hours just flew by and you gave us fantastic information.'

 

Student Workshops

95% of the students who attended the workshops in Spring 2016 said that they were leaving the course with a minimum of 6 practical strategies they were going to put in place immediately.  Over 70% found the course excellent with another 25% finding it very good.   Other comments made were:

'I got great help and advice yesterday. I found it extremely beneficial, it was nice to see others having the same problem and the advice couldn't have been better so thanks again'

'I really found the tips on writing more and planning what I write really useful.'

 

 Parent Courses

'Gave me hope and ideas on how to help.'

'I found it brilliant, jam-packed with information and advice and it was performed in such a professional manner.

'Very informative.  We felt we saw some possible direction and hope for our child into the future. Can now read and understand the assessment report and more importantly understand my son.'



Presenters

Dyslexia Courses Ireland was set up in 2015 by colleagues who have been working in the field of dyslexia in Ireland for many years. 

 

Wyn McCormack

Wyn has been involved with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland for over 20 years and has designed and presented courses on dyslexia for parents, teachers and students.  She has written extensively on the topic including Lost for Words, a Practical Guide to Dyslexia at Second Level, (3rd Ed.  2006), and Dyslexia, An Irish Perspective (3nd Ed. 2011) as well as being the co-author of the Factsheets on Dyslexia at Second Level in 2013 (updated 2014, 2015, 2016).  She has been a presenter for SESS, the Special Education Support Service.   She is a former Guidance Counsellor and Special Educational Needs teacher.  Her three sons have dyslexia.

 

Deirdre McElroy

Deirdre has a Masters in Educational Psychology and has been working for a number of years with the National Educational Psychological Service.  Before qualifying as a psychologist, she taught Mathematics and History at all levels up to Leaving Certificate higher level.  Deirdre also has a Higher Diploma and Masters in Special Education. She has worked as a resource teacher in a second level school.  Deirdre has also experience in both primary and secondary schools both as a psychologist and a teacher.