Speakers

The leading thinkers in the field of dyslexia

Speakers, Seminars, Workshops and CPD

At the show you’ll be able to attend seminars, workshops, build your CPD portfolio, learn about various types of support and discover the latest developments in the field of dyslexia.

We’ve put together a fantastic range of speakers across three themes; Education, Parents and Workplace.

Please note, although the Dyslexia Show is free to attend, the free ticket will only allow access to the keynote theatre and exhibition hall. To gain access to the full line up of speakers, you’ll need to purchase a ticket. Tickets start from as little as £22 for unlimited full day access.

Click below to discover the speakers in each area.

Education Speakers

Dr. Lindsay Peer

Dyslexia and Auditory Processing: Friday @ 10:30am

Approximately 5% of school-age children have some type of auditory processing disorder and according to the National Institutes of Health, in children with learning difficulties the prevalence of auditory processing disorder has been found to be 43%. In addition, around 50% of children with dyslexia also have coexisting Auditory Processing Disorder” (Auditory Processing Center). The speaker will explain the condition, how it overlaps with dyslexia and how to support children with this condition in school.

Dr. Susie Nyman

2020 Visions for Dyslexic Students from the Multi-sensory Toolkit: Friday @ 2:45pm

The seminar will be a lively interactive practical presentation which will inspire children with dyslexia to become grade risers and ultimately achieve stellar results. Susie will showcase innovative tried and tested easy-to-replicate ‘Multi-Sensory Techniques’ from her ‘Multi-sensory Toolkit’ she uses with her students at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough. Many are now available free on YouTube, as well as in ‘The Multi-sensory Toolkit’ published by Oaka Books.

Callum Wetherill

Challenging Behaviour: #flipthenarrative: Saturday @ 1:45pm

During the session, we will look at sharing best practice in understanding human behaviour and how we can support pupils to achieve their potential through nurture, restorative and relational practice.

Katrina Cochrane

Becoming a confident and competent assessor: Friday @ 12:30pm

Katrina Cochrane will be presenting a guide to be a confident and competent assessor based on 20 years of assessing for dyslexia. Her talk will encompass latest advice from SASC and will address some of the pitfalls to avoid when making an APC renewal. 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 remains a member of the BDA Accreditation Board and also of SASC.

Beccie Hawes 

Quality First Teaching Strategies: If it Works for Dyslexic Learners it benefits everyone!: Friday @ 12:30pm

This talk will focus upon simple, practical strategies to support dyslexic learners in the classroom. Not only will the strategies explored support dyslexic learners to maximise their learning and make accelerated progress, they will benefit all learners as part of an inclusive approach. All strategies explored will be simple, effective and easy to deploy on a Monday morning!

Dr. Tilly Mortimore

Adolescents with Dyslexia: Risk, Resilience and Opportunity: Saturday @ 2:45pm

Teenagers with dyslexia face special challenges connected with the changes they face physically, emotionally and practically.  Early adolescence may also be the time when dyslexic-type difficulties with literacy and academic work combine with emotional uncertainties to undermine confidence and increase stress.  This session will explore the nature of dyslexic differences at this frequently challenging stage and highlight principles upon which secondary schools and families can provide support.

John Hicks 

How emotional intelligence can help the parent / teacher relationship when supporting a dyslexic child: Friday @ 11:30am

When negotiating support for a dyslexic child in school the parent/teacher relationship will be affected by thoughts and emotions that come about from experiences of dyslexia. Parenting and Neurodiversity Coach, John Hicks will explore how Emotional Intelligence being used on both sides of the relationship can build more fruitful working relationships that can positively impact the support for a dyslexic child.  

Rachel Ingham

Working Memory? Memory Working?: Friday @ 1:45pm

Research demonstrates a direct link between working memory difficulties and learners’ academic attainment. Being aware of these difficulties and how to meet learners’ needs is key to learning success. This seminar identifies the barriers that prevent learners with dyslexia from accessing the curriculum.

Thinking is Harder than You Think: Saturday @ 12:30pm

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) (2013) findings show that learners make an average of seven months additional progress when metacognition and self-regulation are modelled and taught. Evidence also indicates that teaching metacognitive strategies can be particularly effective for low achieving learners (EEF, 2017). Learners with dyslexia have specific learning difficulties and would benefit from explicit teaching of metacognition and self-regulation. This seminar highlights the importance of developing metacognition in learners with dyslexia and the teaching approaches to accomplish this effectively. Areas of focus include: A brief overview of metacognition and self-regulation, Teaching metacognition using approaches that work for learners with dyslexia, Motivation and self-efficacy.

Samantha Garner 

Don’t Forget Mental Health When Supporting Dyslexia: Saturday @ 11:30am

SEN students are 6 times more likely to suffer a mental health illness. This talk will highlight why that is and what we can do about it. It will make practical suggestions as to what we can do to support people with dyslexia and how people will dyslexia can look after their own mental well-being.

Cathy Parvin

The Importance of Developing Motor Skills for Handwriting: Friday @ 10:30am

One of the common reasons children struggle with handwriting is due to poor motor skills. This informative session explains why developing pre writing skills is important in helping children master handwriting and prevent problems occurring.

Hywel Roberts

Adventures in Learning: Running to Write: Friday @ 11:30am

Drawing on research and experience, Hywel will share innovative ideas with a storytelling edge. Delegates will leave with tools to draw children into thinking and learning and a renewed enthusiasm for writing. The session will be thoughtful, fun and practical. It’ll also be rooted in reality.

Peter Jarrett

Understanding Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties: Friday @ 3:45pm

This talk will investigate some of the barriers to learning mathematics, including dyscalculia and dyslexia. This is an introductory talk aimed at parents, students and teachers who want to know more about the causes and indicators of mathematics learning difficulties and what is likely to help support people who struggle in this area.

Maths 4.0: Saturday @ 10:30am

As we move into the fourth industrial revolution how can what we know about the development of arithmetical knowledge and the usefulness of AI informed learning allow us to solve the problem of low numeracy skills. The costs of poor mathematical skills are well evidenced, both for the individual and the country. Can we develop learning platforms and new approaches to teaching that allow us to target precisely the knowledge that learners need to know rather than place them into traditional classes where maths teaching and learning and be challenging.

Lorraine Petersen

A National SEND Update: Friday @ 12:30pm

During this session I will update delegates on current policy on supporting pupils with SEND from a government, local authority and schools point of view. The session will also offer information about recent or proposed changes that have been announced in the last year including the impact of the changes to the new Ofsted Framework introduced from September 2019.

Pennie Aston 

So what’s going on? Surviving the Education System.  We all work and live in a relational frame: Saturday @ 12:30pm

This talk will look at the context within which we seek to educate others and the impact it can have on yourself.

Fintan O’Regan 

Managing ADHD: Saturday @ 11:30am

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a term used to describe a spectrum of Learning, Behavioural and Socialisation differences. It is estimated to affect between 5 to 8% of the population and can result in significant long term difficulties for the individuals concerned, their families and for society as whole. This presentation will consider how to best support individuals with symptoms of ADHD and co-existing conditions and will outline a range of strategies to deal with difficult, disruptive and defiant behaviours.

Prof. Steve Chinn

TBC: Friday @ 10:30am

TBC: Friday @ 1:45am

Neil Mackay

TBC: Friday @ 11:30am

TBC: Saturday @ 2:45pm

Bob Hext

TBC: Saturday @ 1:45pm

Adam Gordon 

TBC: Friday @ 2:45pm

TBC

Parents Speakers

Katrina Cochrane

Becoming a confident and competent assessor: Saturday @ 1:45pm

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.

Dr. Lindsay Peer

Dyslexia and Glue Ear: Hearing .. Speech .. Learning: Friday @ 10:30am

Approximately 5% of school-age children have some type of auditory processing disorder and according to the National Institutes of Health, in children with learning difficulties the prevalence of auditory processing disorder has been found to be 43%. In addition, around 50% of children with dyslexia also have coexisting Auditory Processing Disorder” (Auditory Processing Center). The speaker will explain the condition, how it overlaps with dyslexia and how to support children with this condition in school.

Beccie Hawes

Making Spellings Stick: How to Make Learning to Spell Fun!: Friday @ 2:45pm

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.

John Hicks

How Can I Boost My Child’s Self-Esteem? Tips For Parents From A Parent: Friday @ 1:45pm

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.  

Pennie Aston

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: Saturday @ 12:30pm

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.

Dr. Tilly Mortimore

Searching for the Hero in your Dyslexic Adolescent: Saturday @11:30am

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.

St. David’s College

St David’s College: Saturday @11:30am

St David’s College has a 50 year success story founded on a visionary approach to education. We are a mainstream independent boarding and day school educating children from 9 to 19 years of age. Through partnership with parents we discover the gifts of each child, remove the barriers to learning and lead young people to realise their full potential. Our highly regarded SEN provision, helping those with dyslexia and associated learning needs, works seamlessly in our mainstream environment.

Workplace Speakers

Janette Beetham

Dyslexia in the Workplace…The Pride and the Prejudice: Friday @ 11:30am

A workplace dyslexia /neurodivergence consultant view of the current situation across a range of workplaces. Taking in different perspectives and considering what could be done, and what is being done, to encourage and guide more employers towards becoming dyslexia/neurodivergent-friendly workplaces.

John Levell

TBC: Friday @ 10:00am

TBC

Nicola James

TBC: TBC

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