The DAHK has organised a series of well attended, highly constructive and informative monthly meetings since its inception. All speakers at the monthly meetings have freely given their time and have been rewarded with an interested and appreciative audience anxious to learn more. The DAHK also organises talks and workshops given by local and international speakers. Examples of some recent talks are below.
EMOTION FOCUSED TEACHING
This talk was Emotion Focused Teaching by Dr. Rick Smith. Rick highlighted the role of emotion in learning; explained the role of feelings in initiating action and motivation; outlined the differences between problem-focused and emotion-focused solutions and explored practical steps that teachers and parents could take to help students deal with the emotions of learning more effectively.
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING MINDS THAT LEARN DIFFERENTLY
In this full-day seminar, Dr. Lindsay Peer (CBE), from the UK, presented a talk for parents entitled Winning with Dyslexia: Understanding your child and the impact of dyslexia upon their emotions, living and learning and one for educators entitled Overcoming Underachievement: The link between processing, academic and emotional difficulties in dyslexia. Dr. Peer also ran a practical workshop for teachers and educators: Dyslexia: Making it work! Tried and tested effective practice accessible to school and to home.
The Dyslexia Experiencewas presented by a team of three DAHK committee members. This is a simulation of dyslexia and was created to give participants the opportunity to discover what those with dyslexia often undergo with reading, writing and processing and to feel the frustrations children with dyslexia face daily in the classroom. An eye-opening and thought-provoking evening.
DIGITAL PROGRAMMES TO SUPPORT LEARNERS WITH DYSLEXIA
This talk by Rev Tim Hall from St David’s School, LLandudno, focused on the Nessy Programme: the complete dyslexia aware solution with a suite of multisensory products aimed at making learning to read, write and spell fun.