Helping you Support your Children

Parents & Carers Schedule

The Dyslexia Show is ideal for those who want to grow their knowledge of caring for a child with dyslexia.

With a host of expert speakers, you will learn the tools to ensure your child can not only succeed but flourish in the right environment. You will receive a certificate for each seminar you attend.

To attend any of the below seminars, you will need to register and then purchase a day ticket. Parents & Carers day tickets start from only £22.00 and mean you can attend all seminars on that day.

Seminar tickets are limited and are selling fast. We recommend you book your tickets today to avoid disappointment.

Why Attend the Dyslexia Show

“It’s all about how we can support people with dyslexia. It’s about how we can change people’s lives”

Arran Smith, Dyslexia Show Founder & Dyslexic

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Day 1 – Friday 20th March

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10:30am – 11:15am

Seminar Room 1

The Academy team will talk about their seven essential daily concepts for success

By The Dyslexia-Academy Team

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The Academy team will talk about their seven essential daily concepts for success- Motivation Monday, Top Tip Tuesday, Well-being Wednesday, Therapy Thursday, Feel Good Friday, Self-Esteem Saturday and Sleep Well Sunday in order to provide that supportive network for parents. Alongside the team, the Dyslexia Centre North Wests Ambassadors, Matt Wilcox (UCLAN’s Forensic Science Senior Demonstrator) and Matthew Dickinson (UCLAN’s Senior lecturer in Engineering)- both contributing Authors to Unmasked: Science of Superheroes, will be talking about their inspirational journey as a dyslexic, which hasn’t always been easy, alongside top tips for parents to ensure that they are well equipped with advice from a dyslexics perspective.

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11:30am – 12:15PM

Seminar Room 1

Dyslexia and Glue Ear: Hearing…Speech…Learning

By Dr. Lindsay Peer CBE

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Glue ear is one of the most common childhood illnesses, and occurs when the middle ear becomes filled with sticky fluid. It’s usually temporary and often linked with ear infections, but long-term glue ear can affect children’s hearing and speech development.” (NDCS) There is a strong link between glue ear and dyslexia. The speaker will explain the condition, resulting difficulties, and offer ways for forward for home and for school.

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12:30PM – 1:15PM

Seminar Room 1

Navigating the SEN Maze: Entitlement, Provision and Appeals

By Hayley Mason, SEN Legal 

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This presentation will give parents a basic understanding of what their child is entitled to and how to go about achieving it. It will discuss requests for EHC Needs Assessments, what to expect in an EHC Plan, common problems with EHC Plans, situations where parents should appeal and an outline of how to Appeal. It will also include helpful advice to navigating the ‘maze’ that surrounds legal entitlement for children and young persons with special educational needs.

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1:45PM – 2:30pm

Seminar Room 1

How Can I Boost My Child’s Self-Esteem? Tips For Parents From A Parent 

By John Hicks

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Many dyslexic children are at risk of developing a poor self-esteem, which often comes from their experiences within education, if they find that they are working at a level of attainment that is easily surpassed by their peers.  With schools constantly assessing the performance of pupils on areas of education that are experienced as weaknesses when dyslexic, a child can start to feel that they are not good enough and lose hope. John Hicks, a parent of two neurodiverse daughters will share insights about his own experiences within his family with self-esteem and what worked in empowering his children to be the best that they can be.

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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Seminar Room 1

Making Spellings Stick: How to Make Learning to Spell Fun!

By Beccie Hawes

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This talk will focus upon multi-sensory, fun, memorable and easy strategies that parents can use to support their children in learning to spell tricky words using things that they have at home in a new and innovative way. Lots of practical approaches will be demonstrated.

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3:45pm – 4:30pm

Seminar Room 1

Practical advice, tips, tricks and strategies in getting the best support from your child’s school. Plus – how to successfully support your child at home. A questions and answers based seminar. 

By Paloma Forde

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Paloma Forde has worked with hundreds of parents over the years and there are 2 things that come up time and time again. The first being frustrated parents trying to get the best out of their child’s school and teachers and secondly parents trying to help their child at home but not quite knowing how to do this. Paloma has worked in all sectors of education teaching children from 4-40 years old who are either showing early signs of dyslexia or who have a diagnosis of dyslexia.  She has a bank of ‘tips, tricks and strategies’ to help any parent trying to get the best out of their child.  This short seminar will focus on easy to use strategies that any parent can try at home, as well as offer top advice in how to get the most out of your child including building positive links with schools ensuring support is in place and how to go about this in the right way. The aim is that this seminar will be interactive with a ‘questions and answers’ approach throughout.

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Day 2 – Saturday 21st March

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10:30AM – 11:15AM

Seminar Room 1

Humanity, Humility and Humour

By Andrew Russell

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Mr Andrew Russell will share his more than 25 years’ experience in working with Dyslexic pupils as a maths teacher. The talk will discuss the important aspect of finding a true human connection with pupils to help them succeed. Highlighting the importance of a pastoral approach alongside teaching techniques, Mr Russell will demonstrate that having humanity, humility and humour is as important as sound classroom practice. This sharing of professional experience will highlight an important aspect of teaching and supporting Dyslexics that can often be overlooked, presented in an honest and personal way.

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10:30AM – 11:15AM

Seminar Room 2

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Dyslexia and what you can do about it.  It can feel very isolating to be in the support role of parenting someone with dyslexia 

By Pennie Aston

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This talk will look at helpful interventions and strategies to understand why family members react in the way they do, shared experiences and what you can put in place to minimise stress and anxiety.

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11:30AM – 12:15PM

Seminar Room 1

Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If: The Role of Meaning in Dyslexic Learning

By Richard Whitehead

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“I don’t understand it: he can read long words like tyrannosaurus but he gets stuck on little words like if!” This talk explores the mysterious tendency of dyslexic readers to stumble on small, common abstract words. It explains how the dyslexic perceptual talent causes dyslexic mistakes. Following this you will be introduced to proven, effective ways of using this natural ability to read, process and retain information easily – including in Maths and Science! We explore how the dyslexic mind craves meaning that it can picture. Plentiful photographic examples will be shown, illustrating ways of bringing word and image together to anchor meaning, aided by the use of plasticine clay. These techniques, based on the internationally acclaimed “Gift of Dyslexia” Davis methods, are simple, fun and can be used by parents and teachers alike.

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11:30am – 12:15PM

Seminar Room 2

Searching for the hero in your dyslexic adolescent

By Dr Tilly Mortimore

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Not always easy to get on with – your dyslexic adolescent – but you can guarantee that if you are feeling bad, your child will probably be feeling worse …. The transition from primary to secondary school is often a challenge but it is sod’s law that it should coincide with that tumult of change that heralds the start of adult life. This talk will pinpoint the ways in which dyslexia and changing school demands can heap up the stress and how we, as parents, can help our children (and ourselves) to navigate these sometimes troubled waters.

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12:30PM – 1:15PM

Seminar Room 1

Music and Dyslexia: the Why’s and the How’s

By Sally Daunt

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Using interactive activities, this session will provide an overview of the reasons for challenges in music encountered by some dyslexic musicians. Crucially it will also suggest strategies that can be adopted by teachers, both in 1:1 and group settings at all levels and by parents supporting music students. There will an opportunity for questions and discussion after the session. Handouts will be available with links to further online material.

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12:30PM – 1:15PM

Seminar Room 2

The Seven Essential Daily Concepts for Success

By The Dyslexia-Academy Team

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The Academy team will talk about their seven essential daily concepts for success – Motivation Monday, Top Tip Tuesday, Well-being Wednesday, Therapy Thursday, Feel Good Friday, Self-Esteem Saturday and Sleep Well Sunday in order to provide that supportive network for parents. Alongside the team, the Dyslexia Centre North Wests Ambassadors, Matt Wilcox (UCLAN’s Forensic Science Senior Demonstrator) and Matthew Dickinson (UCLAN’s Senior lecturer in Engineering) – both contributing Authors to Unmasked: Science of Superheroes, will be talking about their inspirational journey as a dyslexic, which hasn’t always been easy, alongside top tips for parents to ensure that they are well equipped with advice from a dyslexics perspective.

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1:45PM – 2:30PM

Seminar Room 1

What is Dyslexia?

By Katrina Cochrane

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Katrina Cochrane will be presenting a guide to help parents about what dyslexia is and how to support their child with this SpLD. Resources and tips will be mentioned as well as signposting for parents about additional support. Katrina is an experienced dyslexia specialist who set up her own company Positive Dyslexia Ltd three years ago having been Head of Education and Policy at the BDA. She has a son with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

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1:45PM – 2:30PM

Seminar Room 2

Navigating the SEN Maze: Entitlement, Provision and Appeals 

By Hayley Mason, SEN Legal

Click HERE to read the full description.

This presentation will give parents a basic understanding of what their child is entitled to and how to go about achieving it. It will discuss requests for EHC Needs Assessments, what to expect in an EHC Plan, common problems with EHC Plans, situations where parents should appeal and an outline of how to Appeal. It will also include helpful advice to navigating the ‘maze’ that surrounds legal entitlement for children and young persons with special educational needs.

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2:45PM – 3:30PM

Seminar Room 1

Foundation Fine Motor Skills for EYFS

By Kim Griffin

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Well-developed fine motor skills are essential for successful participation in an early years classroom. Despite this, teachers are reporting more and more children are arriving in reception with delayed skills. During this presentation, occupational therapist, Kim Griffin will discuss tips and strategies for supporting children who have immature fine motor skills. This will include ideas for developing pencil grasp and using scissors.

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2:45PM – 3:30PM

Seminar Room 2

Executive Functions are the Cogs behind Cognition: Neuroplasticity, Executive Functions, Dyslexia and Neurodiversity

By Imogen Moore-Shelley

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Executive functions are the brain processes needed to develop strong character, resilience and metacognition in children and young people. They are responsible for our thinking, feeling and our actions, they are the cognitive processes which allow us to filter distractions, prioritise tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. These are many of the skills that underpin learning and behaviour, and enable young people to function with a reasonable degree of independence.  People with executive function challenges for example with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and ASC, can struggle with their executive functions such as with planning and prioritising, organisation, time management, working memory, sustained attention, impulse control, frustration tolerance and emotional regulation.  Equally young people from lower social economic status, and or have experienced trauma, their executive function may be challenged. We need these skills in order to flourish in life, poor executive functioning can negatively impact on academic achievement, job outcomes and emotional wellbeing. The talk will focus on neuroscience neuroplasticity, executive functions and where they take place in the brain and how executive functions impact learning, self regulation, resilience, metacognition, and ultimately character.  Imogen will explore, recognise and explain the different approaches to explicitly developing executive functions which can be employed in the home, classrooms, higher education, work, and transitions. The Connections in Mind Foundation feel it is a democratic imperative that we explicitly work with ALL children, young people and adults to improve their executive functioning so that they learn the tools they need to flourish. 

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Event Location

Hall 11

Birmingham NEC

North Avenue

Marston Green

Birmingham

B40 9AD

 

Opening Times

  • Fri 25th Sept - 9:30 - 17:00
  • Sat 26th Sept - 9:30 - 16:00

 

Company Information

Dyslexia Show Limited

Future Business Centre

Kings Hedges Road

Cambridge

CB4 2HY

Reg: 11924693

Tel: 0330 088 7985 

Email: hello@dyslexiashow.co.uk