Welcome to the Luvin my Dyslexia Podcast. I am Stephen Anderson and this is session 44. Today I am speaking with a specialist dyslexic teacher Bill Hansberry. Bill has come in today to help me talk about a very important day in the year for any parent of a dyslexic student. The day you get your Psyco educational report. The day you head to your child’s school, the report in hand. Many people expect a miraculous change in the way things go at school. But the truth is … many of the teachers you are going to speak to do not have the knowledge to understand the report you are about to hand them. I fear that this year I have left it too late, but this episode I hope will be a great help for many in the produce a tool box episode on how to find the right school for your dyslexic child.
Take Aways from this Episode:
When you got that Psycho-educational assessment in hand of your child have someone who can decode it and explain it and out of the recommendation sections, boil it down to 3 or 4 things that teacher can do or stop doing that can make the life of your child’s life at school less hellish and make it easier for the teacher to deal with it.
What to do with the Psycho-educational Assessment?
1. Find a great psychologist
Someone who uses the word dyslexia, open to having a conversation with you and if necessary with the school.
Some psychologist will use the word dyslexia in their report while others will use the broader term which is specific learning difficulty in reading or writing.
Parents should find a psychologist that will use the word dyslexia then we’ll know what we are talking about.
If you are looking for a great psychologist, here is a psychologist suggested to me by a close friend:
“Great podcast with Bill, he’s amazing!!! Here’s a brilliant psychologist that is on the Central Coast, Close enough that people from Sydney don’t mind driving to see him. His reports are the best I’ve seen.”
MAPPsych (Ed&Dev), BA (Hons) Psychology & Sociology Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAOS) Australian Dyslexia Association-Allied Professional (ADA)
m: 0408 105 304
2. Ask around which one are good
Use all the resources you can find in your locality or online just like
Facebook support groups and all other sources online.
3. Discuss with the principal or school coordinators
Jot down or email them ahead of the key points that you would like to discuss including maybe 4 – 5 questions that you would like to ask and be prepared!
If all steps are done you (parents) would know that your children will not be supported in that school:
PERSIST WITH THE SCHOOL AND WIN THEM AROUND
– offer or make suggestions
– help the principal and teachers understand
The key statement for a parent to say to a school or a teacher in those first critical moments is, ” Look I understand that you are not going to be able to remediate my child’s dyslexia but what you can do is make their life a lot more bearable for them by doing simple things.”
“It’s up to you, you are the one who needs to become the expert and you are the one who is going to be leading this charge and you are the one is going to do all of the winnings in the end.”