Solutions for Dyslexia
The British Dylsexia Association (BDA) defines dyslexia as:
“ a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.”
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which affects 1 in 10 people in the UK. Most parents come to Nessy, concerned that their child is falling behind in school with low self-esteem. Nessy’s been helping children with dyslexia for over 20 years. All our content is designed to be fun and engaging to ensure key foundation skills of reading and spelling are learnt and students catch up with their peers.
Most of all Nessy believes learning happens when it’s fun!
Where do I begin?
Nessy believes there are 3 key steps to understanding dyslexia and helping your child:
- Understanding Dyslexia
- Obtaining a Dyslexia Diagnosis
1. Dyslexia Explained
Most people are unaware that there are many different types of dyslexia, all affecting different things. Dyslexia is far more varied and affects more than the generally accepted reading and spelling difficulties.
Dyslexia Explained is our free ebook that explains the types of dyslexia, their strengths, weaknesses and effective strategies that help those with it. This book is designed to be read with your child to help them understand their dyslexia and feel reassured that they’re not alone.
You can also purchase a print copy here.
If you are in a position where you can obtain a formal diagnosis, Nessy recommends contacting your local dyslexia centre or an educational psychologist in order to do this. If you are unsure how to obtain this information, the BDA (British Dyslexia Association) will be able to help with this.
If your child is between 5-7 years of age you can try our free dyslexia questionnaire as the first step on your identification journey.
If you are unable to obtain a formal diagnosis then an online screening tool can be invaluable in helping you to understand the areas in which your child is struggling.
Nessy, in collaboration with the Bristol Dyslexia Centre, dyslexia specialists and professionals in the field have created our own online dyslexia screener.
Dyslexia Quest screens 6 areas of working and learning ability, creating a detailed report that displays indicators of dyslexia and an assessment of the child’s strengths and weaknesses.
More information can be found on our product page.
3. The Next Step
Once you’ve established whether your child has dyslexia or indicators of dyslexia, then the next step is to get them the help they need. The employment of effective memory, reading and spelling strategies will change how your child learns and help them to better retain information in a way they understand.
Nessy believes that the very best help for a student with dyslexia is an inspirational tutor that is experienced and qualified.
But the correct intervention can require many years of teaching and cost thousands. Not everyone can afford a tutor or has access to one in their local area. Computer programs designed to help dyslexia can be an effective alternative to a tutor and provide a solid foundation of strategies and techniques a child can use throughout their life.
Nessy Reading & Spelling is an ideal intervention tool for kids aged 5-12, consisting of 10 islands with 100 lessons, it teaches through multisensory, proven Orton-Gillingham methodology, building the essential foundations needed for a child to learn to read and spell.
Our program has been helping children to read since 1999 and is used worldwide by thousands of schools, showing results in just a few weeks. You can read more about Nessy Reading & Spelling here or take a free trial here.
Advantages of the Nessy program:
- Nessy is by far one of the most comprehensive tools out there and all our programs have been developed at a specialist centre for dyslexia by a team of experienced tutors and psychologists.
- Cost effective – for a few pounds a month you can get the right help.
- Learn at any time – dyslexia causes children to forget so they need frequent revision. Being online means learning can be reinforced every day.
- Any place – as long as you have the Internet and a computer (Smartphone or tablet) then you can use Nessy.
Writing Beach is a great accompaniment to Nessy Reading & Spelling. Once the foundations of reading and spelling have been established you can use Writing Beach to start utilising these new-found techniques. The purpose of Writing Beach is to teach tricky and hard to grasp concepts such as punctuation, grammar, parts of speech, sentence structure and more.
You can read more about Writing Beach here.
You get all the above products plus Nessy Numbers, Nessy Fingers, and 1 copy of the ‘Dyslexia Explained’ book!
You can read more here.
Nessy wants learning to be fun so we can ensure kids are retaining information, and more importantly, enjoying education!
We’re always on hand with advice and programs to help, so if you ever need any help with dyslexia, Nessy’s ready!