Radio programme on Dyslexia
I’ve been listening to a very interesting programme on BBC Radio 4, about dyslexia.
There’s some interesting comments from Prof Nicholson (co-author of the ‘Balsall Common’ DORE studies). This particularly discusses the development, uses, and limitations of the ‘Dyslexia Screening Test’ which Prof Nicholson developed, & which is used as a test of progress in the DORE research which I have read.
Prof Nicholson: ‘You would normally try to include a few more than necessary … children with hearing impairment, dyspraxia … if we were starting again we would call it something else’. (My transcript – I don’t type that fast, may not be word-for-word). He also talks about the bead-threading & ‘postural stability’ aspects of the DST.
There’s a bit from Prof Snowling, a discussion on phonics of dyslexia in other languages, and a description of multi-sensory phonics teaching.
The programme is part of a series called ‘Am I normal?’ & also discusses the ethics & technical aspects of testing for developmental disorders in an accessible & informative way. It’s well worth a listen, but unfortunately will only be up on the ‘Listen Again’ section of the BBC website for another few days, and I’ve not been able to find a more permanent copy or transcript. The next programme will be on Dyscalculalia, broadcast 18 March, 9pm, and repeated on the 19 March at 4:30pm.
(BTW, sorry for lack of recent updates – too many exams!)