Daily Archives: October 28, 2009

Dyslexic man named as top teacher | October 2009

A West Yorkshire teacher who overcame dyslexia to achieve his career dream has been named the most outstanding new teacher in the country.

Edward Vickerman, head of business at The Freeston Business and Enterprise College in Normanton, was given the title at the Teaching Awards in London.

Because of his dyslexia, the 26-year-old said he was sidelined at school and not expected to achieve much.

He was described by a colleague as a “whirlwind” in the classroom.

While working in the hotel industry, Mr Vickerman discovered ways of overcoming his dyslexia and achieved a degree in hotel management, which set him on the road to success.

Invigorated department

He then decided to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher and chose to take a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Colleagues and students said Mr Vickerman was an “inspiration to work with” and had invigorated the department, introducing new courses to match student needs.

Mr Vickerman said he gets round his dyslexia by using new technology in lessons rather than communicating by writing.

The Teaching Awards, founded by Lord Puttnam 11 years ago, are open to every school in the UK and reward excellent teachers, head teachers, teaching assistants, governors and sustainable schools.

Source: BBC published Monday, 26 October 2009

Dyslexic Brian – LIVE Radio Show about Dyslexia

Dyslexic Brian is being interviewed by Maf, one of Bristol’s best know DJ’s, on Bristol Community FM.

The interview will be on 29th October 2009 between 2pm and 3pm (UK time)

Click here for the Bristol Community FM website

Antonio Farruggi-Bochnaka (co-founder of Dyslexic Brian) will explaining Dyslexic Brian’s perspective of dyslexia and sharing lots of tips and tricks that dyslexic people can follow to completely overcome their dyslexia.

It will be a show well worth listening to!

All the best and enjoy the show!

National Dyslexia Awareness Week | November 2009

Next week is National Dyslexia Awareness Week, and the question posed by Frewen College, the area’s only specialist a school for dyslexics, is “Just how aware are you of dyslexia?”
Most people think of dyslexia as a problem with reading, spelling, and perhaps comprehension, so assume it cannot be diagnosed until a child is already behind at school. But there are many other symptoms that can alert parents to the possibility in plenty of time to intervene at a much earlier stage.
A spokesman for the school said: “Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, and it can be found across all social and economic strata. Many dyslexics have considerable gifts, but if their difficulties are not identified and addressed early enough these strengths can be swamped by failure and self doubt.”
Here are Frewen’s top ten tell-tale signs of dyslexia that are not reading related. If you can ‘tick’ three or more, you need to start digging more deeply.
1 There is a strong genetic element to dyslexia, so if there is any family history of dyslexia or reading difficulties, be particularly alert to other warning signs.
2 Being slow to start talking, and then having trouble pronouncing some letters, especially M’s and N’s, R’s and L’s.
3 Reversing or mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (favourites include aminal for animal, hekalopter for helicopter, bisgetti for spaghetti, or even nucular for nuclear!).
4 Trouble with tying shoe laces and getting dressed.
5 Co-ordination problems (excessive tripping, falling over, bumping into things, difficulty with catching or kicking a ball, or clapping a simple rhythm).
6 Difficulty undertaking any task that involves a sequence of actions, such as ‘do this, then do that.’
7 Difficulty learning abstract facts, such as days of the week or months of the year.
8 Very slow to learn the names of letters or sounds, or learning the alphabet.
9 May have walked quite early but did not crawl.
10 An unusually high number of ear infections.

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