Aberdeen City Council launched Dyslexia Practice Guidelines on the 28th September 2011. The need for these guidelines became apparent due to the wide variety in dyslexia assessment and intervention practice across the City, as well as teacher confidence – leading to inequity across schools and areas.
A working group was set up consisting of representatives from the Educational Psychology Service, Support for Learning, Kaimhill Dyslexia Unit and Dyslexia North East with the purpose of developing city-wide guidelines to help guide teaching practice.
The working group sent a questionnaire to schools in 2010 asking what they would want to be covered in the guidelines. Guidelines were created on the basis of what teaching staff requested, and are based on good practice in the areas of assessment and intervention around dyslexia. Views were also sought from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen College and Robert Gordon's University in regard assessment and intervention post-school.
The Guidelines cover:
- Definition of dyslexia
- Factors other than dyslexia that can lead to literacy difficulties
- The type of difficulties that are often typical of the dyslexic learner
- The assessment process
- Examples of interventions to support dyslexic learners
- Criteria for Kaimhill dyslexia unit
- SQA arrangements
- Transition to post-school education
A Dyslexia Friendly School checklist is also included as an appendix to the guidelines, to be used at the school's own discretion, as a self-evaluation tool.
If you are a parent or young person with a query about dyslexia, or the Aberdeen City Dyslexia Guidelines, please discuss this with your child/s school.
If you are a member of school staff with a query about the Aberdeen City Dyslexia Guidelines, please contact your link.
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