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What you need to know about Dyslexia Awareness Week

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THIS WEEK marks the beginning of Dyslexia Awareness Week, which runs from October 2-8, 2017. The event is closely followed by World Dyslexia Awareness Day on the Thursday October 5.

These events will be raising awareness of the learning difficulty that so much of the population face while empowering parents as well as children who are affected by it.

Thousands of children who are impacted by dyslexia choose to attend Explore Learning each week to help their development and assist their confidence, helping them to thrive, no matter their skillset or difficulties. With 127 centres located across the country, Explore Learning is a lifeline for many families in need of that little bit of extra support and help them to be the best they can be.

Getting to know all their members as individuals, the team tailors every child’s curriculum and environment in order to enable each child to progress and succeed academically in their own way.

Their activities are designed to be accessed in a variety of formats to accommodate for every kind of learner - in an audio, visual and kinaesthetic way. Children only move on when they have successfully mastered a skill and can revise skills that their school class may have moved on from.

Charlotte Gator, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning says:

“Each child’s session structure is unique – designed with them and their parents to support their weaker areas and stretch and challenge in others.

"Our tutors are regularly trained to support and nurture children with special educational needs, whilst the environment of working alongside other children who could be younger, older the same age and of any kind of ability removes the instinct of children to compare themselves and their progress to that of their peers.”

Many of Explore Learning’s computer-based activities generate an accurate retention score which Explore Learning use to structure each child’s course to improve their retention of information and skills.

The Explore Learning curriculum is based on the curricula in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland but is ability rather than age-specific. Therefore, lots of members have activities designed to reinforce retention and review concepts that their class have already moved on from at school.

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