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During the Covid 19 pandemic we would like to reassure our customers that we are still providing high quality tutorial lessons via our video links
This has been proving very successful and students have been working to the same level.
We are now including online tuition into our bespoke services.
Assessments will still be carried out and results provided
Lesson can be taken during the daytime as well as after school
Home learners please contact us now for a FREE trial .

Product review The Smart Chute

Smart ChuteThe Smart Chute is a fun way to support literacy and numeracy skills by ‘posting’ a card into the chute for it to come out at the other end with the answer.Cards include initial blend,finals blends, vowel digraph , addition and subtraction, times tables. It engages the child well but can be tricky to remember which way the chute slots into its tray. The literacy cards contain a picture to match the part word with missing phoneme, thus encouraging different areas of processing.
We use it frequently to support word and meaning as well as specific phonemes.

Tips and activities for brain breaks 2

Here are some ideas and tips  for brain breaks and focused activities for you to try with your class or group. Some are for children and some can be tweaked for adult groups.

1.Move,met is crucial to learning – try playing a track that students can toe tap and arm move to – I use Jitterbug Boogie from  Billy Elliott. Blink the eyes, and snap the fingers left with right etc. In twos stand opposite and  toe tap ( the brain is getting a mirror image and having to process ) diagonally opposite feet.

2. Take a line for a walk – try the oppposite writing hand

3 cross your hands over when writing

The characteristics of Successful Dyslexic Adults

In a research report by the BDA ( taken from Self Fulfilment with Dyslexia 2017 by Margaret Malpass BDA  ),  it was found from the respondents questioned that the skill of ‘ seeing the whole Picture’ was a key characteristic of success in their workplace careers.Determination was another key component, but the most interesting response was atypical problem solving.

listed  below are the 10 main characteristics which M Malpass concluded from her research-

determination, self esteem,passion,finding your niche, atypical problem solving creativity,empathy,verbal influencing coping strategies and support 

so , seeing the whole picture is often indicative of personality type and learner, but it is a key trait in dyslexics, with their ability to visualise ( right brain fluid thinking ) and one which a dyslexic specialist

would notice, both in the workplace and education  and hopefully develop with their students.. It is a such a useful skill in interpreting new ideas, markets and changes which leads people to respond faster.

I shall be reviewing the following book soon:
The Bigger Picture Book of Amazing Dyslexics and the Jobs they Do by K.Power and I.Forsyth.

 

LTS student wins Cambridge University STEM competition

Congratulations to Aimee, who out of a national schools competition, was the only successful applicant from her school to win this accolade.

Stem stands for Science, technology, engineering and maths and is a nationwide competition. Based at Downing college Cambridge, it aims are to encourage school achievers in those fields.

Aimee has dyslexia, but this hasn’t stopped her achieving highly in her school career so far.

We have high hopes for her.

https://www.stem.org.uk/system/files/elibrary-resources/2020/05/07_Starters%20for%20STEM_04%20May.pdf

New programmes for literacy and numeracy

We are adding a new range of programmes to our literacy and numeracy tuition   Both of which will incorporate Important but often neglected qwerty keyboard skills. Students are finding that it takes more time to write essays on a computer without the necessary touch typing skills.

The programmes are suitable for both the dyslexic and non dyslexic student,and we shall be offering a home user version soon.

to book a place please contact us via email info@ ltslearning.co.uk or call 07967 223181

The importance of Brain Breaks- articles and tips 1.

Here at LTS  since our inception in 1996 as  the only tuition centre in Wolverhampton then, we have always used brain breaks with our students. We were then, ahead of the game as they say-

Now neuroscience articles shows us through imaging and research, that our  brain is wired for novelty,  not routine. In fact our survival as a species depends on this aspect of brain development-we see this when threatened with flight or fight, or where we pay attention to new environments, particularly if they feel threatening or out of the ordinary.

So, when we take a brain break,it refreshes our thinking and helps us discover another solution to a problem or see a situation differently.

Take art- when I draw, I move around constantly, often away from the piece of work ( currently,a sketch of a face by Joshua Reynolds) that I’m drawing. I was having trouble with positioning of the eyes and after several attempts walked off, decided to do a crossword and have a coffee. When I resumed I spotted the mathematical proportions and the perspective that was missing from the previous result. What  I did without realising, was to take a brain break and then a focused attention activity.

During  this break, the brain actually helps to incubate and process new information.

See  the next article for tips and activities  for your class or tutorial group.

 

Dyslexic Dudley Man has first book published

A dyslexic Dudley man has told how proactising his writing led him to publish his first book. Despite  having to battle issues with reading and writing Ray Hall has achieved his dream with a published debut novel called: The Start of my Story.

It’s a fictional novel with an apocalyptic theme. The central character faces the realisation that he’s not just a husband and father, but a key character in the fight against  his own devil and its evil.

Released last January, Ray hopes to follow up,with two more books.

it is available to buy through Amazon.

 

 

Visual Stress and Dyslexia

What is Visual Stress?

Visual Stress is also known as Meares-Irlen, named after the two researchers who first discovered the connection between white page “glare” and reading difficulties in the early 1980s. It is also called Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, although scientifically it has now been shown that this is not a very accurate term, as it refers to an area of the visual system that is not actually affected by the condition. Visual stress is the name most commonly used in the U.K

There is as yet no proven scientific explanation for Visual Stress although many experts agree that the problem is visual-perceptual in nature, most probably originating in the visual cortex of the brain, arising from a deficiency in one of the visual pathways. Because it is perceptual, rather than visual in nature, it is not corrected by prescription glasses, and it cannot be detected by standard visual, educational or medical tests.

How do you know if you have Visual Stress?

Symptoms of Visual Stress vary , but can include headaches and migraines (especially when working at the computer), eyestrain, and words or letters appearing to “jump” or move on the page. People who have Visual Stress see the page differently because of distortions of the print or white background.

In general, somebody with Visual Stress may
•Experience difficulty looking at a computer screen
•Be unusually sensitive to bright lights, especially flourescent lighting.
•Have difficulty judging heights or distances, which sometimes causes problems with stairs and/or escalators.
•Find driving at night particularly stressful, sometimes experiencing a fragmentation of reflected light.
•Develop headaches and migraines when reading.

Some, or all, or the following can be noted while reading. Sufferers may:
•Fatigue quickly when working with text
•Experience problems copying from the board
•Skip words or lines when reading
•Seem to experience increased difficulty after an initial period of about 10 minutes
•Keep moving their head or body position, or moving closer to or further away from the page
•Read slowly and haltingly and have difficulty absorbing information
•Track with the finger
•Yawn while reading.
•Frequently rub their eyes

Visual Stress typically causes the following distortions of print, although not all of the following will necessarily be experienced by one person:
•The print appears to jump or otherwise move on the page – sometimes appearing to move off the page altogether.
•Swirling effects appear in the text.
•Whole lines of text may appear to move.
•Shimmering colours may appear on the page.
•White “rivers” may seem to run down the page, where the white background, as opposed to the black text, has become the dominant image perceived.
•Letters may double, reverse, fade or blur. Basically the image of the letters and words is unstable against the white background, and this instability can be experienced in a number of ways.

Does Visual Stress go away?

Generally, no; although there are cases reported where the contrary has been the case. Sensitivity does seem to change though, especially in a changed response to coloured filters. Somebody who has found a particular colour most beneficial may find that this preference changes and a different tint will be more helpful.

What can be done?

People with Visual Stress can read with much greater ease if they cover a print with a specially treated coloured overlay. Irlen Screening can help to identify which colour is most beneficial. supply convenient and the larger A4 size Coloured Overlays in colours that have been carefully selected to cover the full spectrum in different combinations.

For thorough screening of individual colour preferences. For any optical difficulties, it is important that an optometrist is also consulted to ensure that there are no underlying medical or ophthalmic conditions. Some optometrists prescribe coloured lenses, and have specialist equipment to test for colour preference. It is often found that lenses of a different colour from the overlays are needed. A list of specialist optometrists and Irlen centres can be found here.

.for Irlen Screening contact us at LTS Learning Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth 07967 223181 email info@ltslearning.co.uk

for Irlen lenses contact Central Irlen England -Gloucester

EXAM FEVER OR HAY FEVER? Try our mock exam solutions

Hay fever season may be on us , but it’s time to knuckle down to some serious 11+ revision if you are thinking of entering your child for 2018entry.

Booking now  for next year means that your child will be professionally tutored, and well prepared, both in subject and technique- many of the grammar schools are oversubscribed so it is vital that you book early enough.

As a special offer We are giving one free  lesson and a free 11+ assessment  with this code.  EP LTS 2

Now is the time to book  as places fill up quickly.

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The end of a simile-As useful as a chocolate teapot

Is this the end for the chocolate teapot that has no use?

A dearly loved phrase or idiom that conjures up the perfect analogy – used correctly it gives a wonderful visual picture  of a melting teapot!

More importantly for dyslexics it gives the right brain visual cortex time to process the phrase through its association with the visual imagery.

Now a company has come up with a real chocolate teapot that can take hot water to make  a hot chocolate or fondue. The life size pot is handmade from 58 percent dark chocolate and can actually ( they quote) be broken up and eaten afterwards. Says a spokesman:

“It’s more useful than an ashtray on a motorbike,a waterproof teabag, or a glass hammer”(ref: Daily Express)

We think more of these visual imagery analogies could be used as a teaching aid. They  are both useful and entertaining and students could design or draw the images they conjure as well as integrate them into conversation or written work.

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