Appleford School in Shrewton, a day and boarding school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties have just celebrated their ‘Citizenship Day.’ Organised by teacher Mr Bawden, this special day has been an annual event since 2003 and the children get a chance to meet people who dedicate their life to the caring of others and learn exciting new skills. He explained:

Appleford, a specialist school for children with dyslexia or dyspraxia, has high aims for its pupils. The first thing you notice about Appleford School, in Shrewton is the amount of smiling faces from both pupils and staff. The atmosphere is incredibly friendly, a feeling which is compounded by its new Headmistress Lesley Nell. "We are a close knit school community,” she says, “offering specialist education to dyslexic students. Our whole school approach to dyslexia is to restore confidence, unlocking and developing the individual skills and talents of the children.”

Learning Disability Week runs from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th June and is a national campaign by Mencap. It provides a great chance to raise awareness about the issues that are important to people with learning disabilities and those of their families and carers. To coincide with Learning Disability Week, Dr Peter Gardner, one of the UK’s foremost authorities on dyslexia, has launched a free factsheet for parents called “Getting Help for Your Special Needs Child”. “The parents of many children with special educational needs are unaware of their rights when it comes to educational provision” says Dr Peter Gardner, Chartered Educational Psychologist and Founder Director of Appleford School in Shrewton, Wiltshire (one of the country’s leading schools for children with dyslexia).

18th-22nd May has been designated as "Xtraordinary Week". The aim is to raise awareness, and focus on the strengths and talents, of dyslexic children everywhere. To coincide with the awareness week I have written a free Fact Sheet on Dyslexia which provides information about the condition. Children who have dyslexia can have problems with reading, writing or spelling. It is believed that one in 10 children have some form of dyslexia, which is Greek for "difficulty with words". Parents naturally want the best for their children. 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 their child's special educational needs and how best to help them.