21/05/08 – Parents with dyslexic daughters can now get free advice sheet

To arrange an interview with Dr Peter Gardner, about the new factsheet for dyslexic girls, please call him on 01275 472598.

Parents with dyslexic daughters can now get free advice sheet

Dyslexic girls may not be getting “a fair crack of the whip” when it comes to diagnosing their condition says one of the UK’s foremost authorities on dyslexia .

The term dyslexia comes from the Greek for ‘difficulty with words’. It is believed that one in 10 children has the condition.

Dr Peter Gardner, who is the co-founder of a specialist school for children with dyslexia and related conditions, says there are many girls whose dyslexia has not been recognised.

To help Mums and Dads to understand the particular problems facing girls, Dr Gardner has launched a free fact sheet on the condition.

Dr Gardner says: “It appears to be likely that there are many girls whose learning difficulties and dyslexia have not been and are still not adequately recognised.

“The fact that many boys are referred because of reading/literacy difficulties, is likely to be because of the way that they express their frustration in an outwardly directed fashion, as contrasted with girls who, tend to internalise their feelings to themselves in class”.

“Parents naturally want the best education for their daughters. They know that good literacy skills are the building blocks to educational success and a satisfying career. But many parents are in the dark about the special educational needs of their daughters – and how best to help them because they are simply not being diagnosed with the condition.”

“All teachers need to be on the look out so that the literacy problems of girls are not left undiagnosed and untreated.”

The free Fact Sheet is available from: “Dyslexia in Girls Fact Sheet”, Appleford School, Shrewton, Nr Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4HL. T: 01980 220012 E: secretary@appleford.wilts.sch.uk. Further information is on the Appleford School website at: www.appleford.wilts.sch.uk

To arrange an interview with Dr Peter Gardner, about the “Dyslexia in Girls” factsheet, please call him on 01275 472598.

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS:

Dr. Peter Gardner

B.A., DipPsych., M.A., Ed.D., A.F.B.Ps.S., M.I.Mgt., F.Inst.D.

Chartered Psychologist

Peter gained an Honours Degree in Psychology from Nottingham University, a post graduate diploma in Academic Psychology from University College London, a Master of Arts Degree in Therapy and Counselling from Antioch College, U.S.A. (London Branch) and a doctorate from the University of Bristol.

He has been a lecturer in a number of universities and was a tutor at the Child Guidance Training Centre, London, responsible for post-graduate training of educational psychologists on a British Psychological Society – and Department of Education and Skills – accredited course.

He is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. He is a Full Practitioner Member of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology. He is a registered Psychotherapist (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and was a committee member of the Psychology and Psychotherapy Association.

Much of his work is legal work, including the preparation of detailed court reports and submission of oral evidence, working for Crown Courts, Magistrates Courts and Guardian ad litem panels. He acted as an expert witness in the precedent-setting Phelps v London Borough of Hillingdon education negligence case in the High Court in July 1997 and was described by Mr. Justice Garland as “particularly well qualified, careful and fair.” His legal work is split roughly 50:50 between Claimant and Defendant work.

He is a co-founder of both Appleford School and of Daneswood, Shipham, near Cheddar, a care home for young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, which is registered with and approved by CSCi.

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