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**Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018** 
 
We will be hosting a drop in session at Colchester Library on the 5th Oct from 12.30-2.30. 
We are delighted to be able to offer our first 25 visitors a free app code for Spell Aid an App for adults and children who find spelling difficult. Thanks Spell Aid for your support for the theme of 21St Century Dyslexia 
A good friend of Dyslexia Assist, Charmaine Mckissock, has just published a second edition of her book to help with spelling. Charmaine has helped many individuals find ways to learn more easily and succeed in their goals. Contact Charmaine McKissock at cmckissock@aol.com or go to  
www. wobblylearning.co uk for more information about obtaining the book or attending a workshop in the Suffolk area. 
Bambi, a friend of Dyslexia Assist kindly shared the topic packs she developed to help her dyslexic daughter with learning and revision. The packs bring topics alive with visual reading, engaging activities and then encourage making your own version of notes to revise from. The topics cover areas of Key stage learning and common entrance exams. 
Comments from our children included ‘I’d like to work backwards … do a few questions first to see what I don’t know then go to the booklet to find the answers and then get them right!’ ‘A pack for the things I find hard would be cool’ 
Comments from our parents included ‘the games make the learning visual, physical and fun to do with your child.’ ‘the bite size layout means a little work at a time be done and he spatial layout of the packs does not overload my child.’ 
There is also digital version that schools can purchase or trial for free at oakabooks.co.uk 
yourstoriesmatter.org are educational publishers working to improve the lives of children, young people and adults living with difficulties, by sharing experiences, improving understanding and celebrating differences. Paul, the founder, asked if we would review a new book aimed at 6-8-year-olds to help them realise they are not alone. We thought the illustrations were ‘cool’ and that the book showed a dyslexic child feels really well. We also thought that the character Azzie might suffer from visual stress. Azzie found her strength in art but everyone can find something they enjoy and are good at. Follow @AzzieArtbuckle 
 
Tips to help with Christmas:-) 
 
Your child has no interest in writing cards… 
 
Prepare Christmas Cracker Jokes... 
 
Christmas Carols… 
 
Games at Christmas… 
 
click here to go to our Christmas Tips help page 
 
Many dyslexic children find it difficult to learn their times tables, but still go on to do well in maths at GCSE and A level. The Government is proposing ‘on screen checks’ of multiplication challenges under timed conditions at the age of 11. We love Michael Rosen’s take on this announcement. 
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