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Parents of dyslexic kids brought together by the British Dyslexia Association in Colchester.

Helen Boden, CEO of the BDA addressing parents at the Parent Pop Up Event in Colchester organised by Dyslexia Assist. Photo courtesy of Dyslexia Assist.
Helen Boden, CEO of the BDA addressing parents at the Parent Pop Up Event in Colchester organised by Dyslexia Assist. Photo courtesy of Dyslexia Assist.

The British Dyslexia Association Parent Pop Up Event In Colchester.


On Saturday 16th February 2019, the Essex Dyslexia Association (Dyslexia Assist) in conjunction with the British Dyslexia Association brought together more than 40 parents of dyslexic children to network and listen to talks from specialists in the field of dyslexia.

The event was opened up by Helen Boden, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association and talks were delivered by Arran Smith (Microsoft), Melinda Nettleton (SEN Legal Ltd) and parenting coach, John Hicks.

Parents, got to find out more about what dyslexia is and how they have the right to gaining support for their children from the Local Authorities across the country.
The delegates also gained an understanding of how assistive technology can be used to support literacy and Microsoft's approach to providing features that help in their Learning Tools with One Note and their other apps.

John Hicks talked about how having dyslexia in the family can emotionally affect the members of the family and can sometimes affect how parents relate to schools from which they are negotiating support for their children.  The key take away for parents from John's talk was that as parents we should build up a sense of self-awareness and know where our emotional reactions are coming from so that we can manage them when we need to be objective when working with our schools to get the best support strategies in place for our kids.  John, who works with parents and young people to find those strategies stressed how important it is to talk about how we feel and to get help when we really need it, suggesting that either coaching or counselling could well be good resources to rely on to achieve this.

John also gave some preliminary data from the 'Human Cost Of Dyslexia' Survey that has been collecting views and opinions from more than a thousand parents about their experiences of supporting their children, the data from which will be presented to MPs in Parliament at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia on March 20th in collaboration with the BDA.

Congratulations to Valerie Shaikly from Dyslexia Assist who organised the Parent Pop Up Event in Colchester as it was a resounding success.

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