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More support for dyslexia sufferers
THE mother of a young boy with dyslexia has opened her own tuition centre in York to help children and adults who are struggling with literacy.
Caroline Barker said she was looking forward to providing a valuable resource to people in York after discovering a computer-based system of learning, known as Indirect Dyslexia Learning (IDL), which she used to help her son, Joe, who has mild dyslexia.
It was set up last month and run from her home in the Fishergate area.
Mrs Barker is holding an open day, including free reading and spelling assessments, tomorrow for anyone interested in the tuition.
She said: “I came across IDL whilst I was researching the most appropriate way to help Joe with his moderate dyslexia.
“He has always struggled with literacy, but was becoming increasingly upset and frustrated because of his difficulties, and his self-esteem was suffering as a result.”
Dyslexia is estimated to affect 10 per cent of the British population to some degree and Mrs Barker says that means thousands of people in York may be struggling - as many as two or three children in every classroom.
She said: “I was particularly impressed by the reading and spelling improvements being achieved by IDL nationwide. I also thought that a computer programme would particularly suit him, as he wouldn’t have the added stress of writing – which can be a big issue if you have reading or spelling difficulties. The added bonus is there is no homework either.”
She said: “After applying the programme at home with my son and seeing genuine improvements I decided to set up a tuition centre in York, to support other people who may have dyslexia or difficulties in reading and spelling.”
The centre, based at 3 Grange Street in Fishergate, will be open tomorrow from 11am to 4pm, offering a free reading and spelling assessment and a free introductory IDL lesson for those who attend the opening.
General information about dyslexia and dyslexic difficulties will also be available.
Details at yorkidlcentre.co.uk or phone Caroline Barker on 01904 652530.
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