Dyslexia affects approximately one in ten people in the UK which equates to more than six million people. In children, one in five leave primary school below the national expected levels in reading, some of these pupils could have undiagnosed dyslexia.
The classroom can be a daunting place for dyslexic children, whether they have been diagnosed or not. Diagnosed dyslexic children might struggle to understand tasks being asked of them or simply not have the confidence to get involved in class discussions. Those who haven’t been diagnosed might think they are constantly getting things wrong; unbeknown to them because of this learning difficulty.
Dyslexia Awareness Week opens up the discussion on how technology can best support students (and staff) with dyslexia. Can technology help spot undiagnosed dyslexia in the classroom? Frog is a sophisticated data management tool and this can identify trends in a child’s learning and development, so could help teachers notice consistent problems and possibly highlight learning difficulties. Spotting hidden learning difficulties such as dyslexia is only the first step and once diagnosed, the appropriate support can be given.
Feedback from Maggie Milledge a teacher at Woodley School has said that technology like Frog help make learning experiences easier for pupils and teachers with dyslexia with features like spellcheck (in the text widget) and different themes/colours available on the dashboard to help keep engagement through customisation.
For more information on Dyslexia Awareness Week please visit the British Dyslexia Association website here where free dyslexia screening is being offered all week.