UAE first summer school for children with dyslexia and dysgraphia

uae first summer school for children with dyslexia and dysgraphia UAE first summer school for children with dyslexia and dysgraphiaDubai, UAE: Children with learning difficulties will get an opportunity to attend the first summer school in the region to provide an intensive summer programme for children with dyslexia and dysgraphia (learning disabilities that cause trouble with reading and written expression).

Lexicon Reading Centre’s one-off summer programme was launched to raise awareness of learning difficulties and to advance the confidence and literacy skills of children across the UAE who are challenged by literacy difficulties across the UAE.

Acknowledging the fact that early intervention in children can help them reach their academic potential, the centre decided to collaborate with an international expert, Professor Nancy Cushen-White, who will be taking the responsibility of helping the children develop certain skills and advance their confidence.

Professor Cushen-White, who is a clinical professor at the University of California, the director of the US-based Slingerland Institute and a previous member of the board of directors for the International Dyslexia Association, will be providing a structured, sequential, simultaneous, multisensory teaching approach called the Slingerland Multisensory Approach to help children with learning difficulties develop their speaking, reading, writing and spelling.

Professor Cushen-White is also a certified educational therapist and literacy consultant for the Lexicon Reading Centre and has been running successful summer schools for many years. She has witnessed first-hand how children with dyslexia and dysgraphia who receive specialised and intensive learning are able to flourish over their academic career.

“By bringing expertise to the region, parents who may usually seek support abroad for their children no longer have to,” said Rudolf Stockling, Clinical Director at Lexicon Reading Centre as she welcomed Professor Cushen-White.

“The school is unique within the UAE and is an opportunity to show the impact that learning with difficulties has by highlighting the need to support children, parents and teachers alike so that children no longer have to suffer in silence,” she said.

The summer school runs from August 8 to September 2, and children will be personally selected by Professor Cushen-White after a screening process that will take place on June 3-4 at the centre.

By raising awareness of learning difficulties in the UAE and demonstrating the impact that they can have on children’s learning and overall well-being, Lexicon is also increasing the chance to identify, diagnose and support children at a younger age.

© Gulf News

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