Welcome to the Luvin my Dyslexia Podcast. I am Stephen Anderson and this is session 46. Today I am speaking with two seriously sensational ladies. Specialist dyslexic teacher and the Victorian teacher of the year for 2015 is Sarah Asome and the incredible Kate Bertoncello is someone who I guess you can say new to the dyslexic community but has “taken the bull by the horns” and created the very first holiday camp for dyslexic kids in Victoria and that is next week where 96 kids and 39 tutors and teachers will invade St. John of Arc School ( January 16-19, 2017) for 4 days of intensive work and fun. One of the things I love about this job is, I meet some great people and the two ladies you’re gonna hear me speak to today are great people. I hope you enjoy it.
Take Aways from this Episode:
- A primary school teacher
- Helped other dyslexic students
Her child felt that he was the only dyslexic when he was 7, so she started thinking of something where her child will be involved together with other dyslexic children.
She attended an activity in Perth in January timeslot and realized it wasn’t going to happen for her and a lot of people in the Eastcoast, so she decided to do it herself and organized everything.
Thought of how to manage the children, profile them and put them in groups, since she doesn’t know these tutors and not aware of that time, so she introduced herself to Sarah and thank goodness Sarah jumped in.
First Holiday Camp for Dyslexic Kids in Victoria
- The big part is to be able to provide family an opportunity to meet other children that are dyslexic and to make them feel like they are in the majority rather than in the minority.
- To be surrounded by other kids that have lots of fabulous talents and creativity and positive elements.
The ideal is to have a half day of intensive MSL (Multisensory Structured Language) intervention whereas:
1. they feel their improvement
2. sitting in groups with other kids that learn the same way
3. create more intensive groups with 2 or 4 students in a group and personalized
In the afternoon,
1. give them a whole lot of exciting activities
2. encourage them to build their self-esteem
3. make connections with each other
Hope that they could take away at least one friendship from this experience so they could go home, exchange emails and phone numbers and they can continue to support each other…