The National Literacy Strategy offers a valuable opportunity for teachers to pick up literacy problems, including dyslexia, at an early stage.
With its emphasis on learning phonological skills, the literacy hour can provide the basis for identifying and helping children who have difficulty in developing phonological awareness. According to a report published today by the British Psychological Society, there is a link between the ability to recognise and remember sounds in words and successful reading. Educational psychologists have an important role to play in working with parents and teachers to develop approaches and skills to address the needs of children displaying difficulties as soon as they appear.
* 'Dyslexia, Literacy and Psychological Assessment'. The Division of Educational and Child Psychology, The British Psychological Society, tel: 0116 254 9568. pound;12.
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