Australia needs schools that are able to teach children and teens with dyslexia using multi-sensory techniques. The right approach can change lives around. It is hard to do this in big schools which lack the expertise and system to teach in this way. Appleford school in the UK is a good example of what can be achieved.

About Appleford (From their website)
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Dyslexic children can start to realise their full potential if taught within a caring, happy and structured framework. The children soon develop the self-respect, self-reliance and self-discipline which they are so desperately seeking and needing.

Appleford is a day, weekly and full boarding school for children with dyslexia & associated learning difficulties aged 7-14. It is set in 8 acres of parkland 12 miles from Salisbury.

The full curriculum is taught within small groups of 7 – 12 pupils. In addition pupils benefit from on site Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Experienced Houseparents and Group Tutors provide excellent pastoral care.

Key characteristics

* Co-educational school for children aged 7-14.
* For children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, associated learning difficulties and ADHD.
* Full boarding, weekly boarding and day provision.
* Access to full National Curriculum, differentiated according to needs and abilities.
* Particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills.
* Small class sizes for English and maths.
* A whole-school approach to dyslexia
* Multisensory programmes to encourage self-confidence, self-esteem and feelings of success.
* Pastoral support by Houseparents and Group Tutors, and in PSHE sessions.
* All Teachers DfES qualified, most have RSA or Hornsby Diplomas in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia.
* Experienced, mature and caring Houseparents.
* Friendly, structured boarding houses to develop personal organisation and life skills.
* Extensive games and fixtures programme
* Numerous challenging and fun out-of-school activities
* Professional Support Team, including Educational Psychologist, Speech & Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist.
* Approved by the DfES under Section 324 of The Education Act 1996.
* Accredited by the IAPS (Incorporated Association of Prep Schools).
* Approved by CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Children)
* Supporting Member of the BDA (British Dyslexia Association)

Here are some audio files which may be of interest to you. They are copied with permission from Appleford School.

Audio file on Understanding Dyslexia by Peter Gardener.

Audio-file on understanding Asperger’s Syndrome by Peter Gardner

Audio file Understanding Dyspraxia Peter Gardner

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