Free webinar offers expert help for families coping with dyslexia in Perth & Kinross

Parents Supporting Parents, the Scottish charity founded in Auchterarder to help families in Perth & Kinross support their children’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing, is running a free online webinar on Wednesday 4 August to support families and individuals coping with dyslexia.

The webinar is open to all parents and carers of school aged children right up to adulthood in Perth & Kinross. Starting at 6.30pm, the Q&A session will be led by expert Sharon Hall, trainer for Dyslexia Scotland. Sharon has worked as a trainer and specialist tutor for the past ten years and is Chair of Dyslexia Scotland’s Northeast branch. Her passion for supporting children with learning differences was influenced by her journey with her own son and his dyslexia.

This online event will provide an opportunity to ask Sharon any question regarding dyslexia, and these can be submitted in advance once a place is secured on the webinar. Sharon will structure the webinar around participants’ questions, using resource slides to help illustrate her answers. Questions can include issues involving screening and assessments, writing support, identifying and supporting visual stress, transition to secondary, subject choices, exams, communication with schools, reasonable classroom adjustments, support for meetings, and homework.

Laura Kelly, Development Officer at Parents Supporting Parents, said: “Navigating dyslexia can be a challenging journey for individuals and families, from early identification through to screening and accessing school support. These challenges continue for those with dyslexia into adulthood, job hunting, interviews and into the workplace. Parents Supporting Parents are delighted to be able to offer this free webinar with Sharon, an accomplished and experienced public speaker who also spends her time raising awareness of dyslexia through her own company, Dyslexia Routes. This webinar will offer parents and carers expert advice and answers to the questions that really matter to them. We hope this session will also help signpost parents to some of the information and support that is available to them. There will also be an opportunity for parents and carers to hear more about the Parent tutoring workshops that Sharon will be delivering for us at the end of August and into September to empower parents to support their children at home with Phonics & Spelling, Reading and Writing.”

Dates for the upcoming programme of tutoring workshops are as follows:

Tue 17 Aug          18.30 – 20.00    Phonological awareness, phonics and supporting spelling at home

Tue 31 Aug          18.30 – 20.00    Supporting reading at home

Tue 21 Sept         18.30 – 20.00    Supporting writing at home

From these workshops parents will learn more about general support available in schools, gain an increased appreciation of the barriers to reading, writing and spelling, and discover strategies for supporting learning at home. One ticket, priced at £15, secures a space on all three dates in the programme.

For more information and to sign up to any of the events via Eventbrite, please visit: www.parentssupportingparents.co.uk/our-events