Limespring School

Parent Workshops

Patoss-dyslexia offer parent workshops on their website. These include two workshops presented by Denise Drinkwater links to which are below:

We run a number of parent workshops as well as parent/child workshops at the centre and online.

The centre offer workshops from time to time. These are run by Denise Drinkwater. Denise has many years practical experience teaching and supporting children/young people and adults (in school and through tuition) who are neurodiverse. She also has first hand experience as a mother of children who are neurodiverse.  As well as assessing children and young people; consultancy and training teachers, schools and corporations on neurodiversity and related issues. Denise is also trained to teach mindfulness to children and is trained in mental health issues with many years experience in supporting children and young people with mental health difficulties. These events are bookable through Eventbrite and links are shown below each workshop.

Dyscalculia/ Maths Difficulties/Maths Anxiety: What it is? Practical Solutions

Maths is a subject very close to my heart and I see many teachers who appear to  struggle to understand the steps and link between stages or have the time within the curriculum to be able to teach each stage well enough for all children. Although dyscalculia itself is rare, children are struggling more and more and we are seeing more children diagnosed with dyscalculia and/or maths anxiety. Some children have a good ‘maths logic’ but have gaps in their basic knowledge that is holding them back. This workshop explains why that might be and gives simple  practical advice to parents to help support their children with or without a diagnosis, including games and fun activities that can develop your child’s math’s skills.

Next session Friday 11/11/22 11.00- 12.00 face to face

Reading and Spelling – How best to support your child at home

Parents (and Teachers) can often be perplexed by children who are finding reading and spelling difficult and by how best to help them. This workshop covers reading and spelling techniques including visual and motor memory; syllables; word families and analogies; root words and prefixes and suffixes (morphology). Often these skills are interlinked and once decoding (reading) is improved then encoding (spelling) is improved too. For some children they are reading at one level but spelling at another in that words that they can read certain words but not spell them. It is possible to teach children to read at one level but to spell at a lower level. For example they may be learning to read words such as stern or dirty skirt but be learning to spell words such as sick, bell or bike. Children must develop a love of literature and sometimes the frustration of not being able to spell impacts on their development of reading. Parents are given strategies to support to children with both aspects.

Next Session Tuesday 7/11/22 – 1.00-2.00 face to face

Reading/Comprehension/Language: How best to support your child at home in a fun way

Parents often struggle to know how best to support their children with reading and/or comprehension. Is it a reading, processing/memory or language difficulty? Does your child love listening to stories but isn’t motivated to read. Do you feel under pressure to read with your child every day and it becomes something that you both dread? This workshop reveals some of the issues and what to do to support your child so that your child can develop a love of literacy and books.

Next session Monday 21/11/22 1.00- 2.00 online

Syllable Analysis, Morphology and Spelling Rules/Strategies.

How often do we see children (and adults) who ‘read’ well but struggle with spelling? Children become disheartened when their written work at school is covered in red or they have a list of words from their work that they have to copy out over and over as they have spelt them incorrectly. Parents sometimes complain that their children do well in spelling tests but then get those words wrong in their writing. Syllable Awareness, Morphology and an awareness of spelling rules are simple techniques to improve spelling. Parents can encourage these skills at home, often parents (and teachers) don’t know how to help their children to spell.

Next session Wednesday 16/11/22 10.30-11.30 online

Writing/Handwriting/Fine Motor: Practical Advice

The cognitive load whilst writing is immense. Children with processing differences, memory, spelling and handwriting issues are literally overloaded when it comes to writing. How can we help to lighten the load? Are handwriting issues simply solved by handing out a pencil grip? Should my child learn to touch type?

Solutions to lightening the load are discussed including planning strategies, word banks, editing and building skills to improve the process. As well as how to improve handwriting; other ways to record literacy work and when best to move to touch touching.

Dyslexia – Your child has recently had a diagnosis, what next?

Has your child recently had a diagnosis of dyslexia? Do you think your child is dyslexic? What next? Often parents hope that getting a diagnosis will help but struggle to know what the report means; how best to help their child or how the school should implement the recommendations. It can be overwhelming but you are your child’s best advocate so it’s important to know what the report means and how best to help. It may be that you are unsure as to whether your child should your child be assessed? Advice and support given as to the best way forward for your child.

Anxiety/Mindfulness/Building Resilience

If your child is feeling anxious it can be overwhelming. Often stigmatised it can be difficult to get the right help and the support necessary. You can be made to feel that you are an overanxious parent or that you are making things worse. Practical advice and support is given to help you and your child to deal with anxiety by better understanding of the issues. As well as ways to help build resilience and how to use mindfulness techniques that you can share with your child.

Parent and Child Workshops. We shall run courses of 5 weekly one hour sessions focusing on:

Fine motor skills

Building Resilience/Managing Anxiety/It’s Okay to be different

Planning and Organisation/Task and Time Management

Mindfulness Techniques

Social Skills/Conversational Skills