Here are a selection of Dyslexia & Dyspraxia websites which provide useful resources and information for parents.
British Dyslexia Association
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is a registered charity and a membership organisation. It aims to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia-friendly society, so that people of all ages with dyslexia can reach their full potential. The BDA does a lot of work supporting schools that have learners with Dyslexia.
In the Dyslexic section of the BDA website, you can find information about the indicators of Dyslexia and Dyscalculia; while in the Parents section there are practical guides for supporting your child at home and at school. These include how to help your child with handwriting, homework and music.
There are lots of ways to get involved with the charity – from joining as a member, to volunteering or fundraising. The BDA also has a national helpline 0333 405 4567.
The Dyspraxia Foundation is a charity and membership organisation, which aims to make sure all children with Dyspraxia have their educational and social needs identified as soon as possible. It also has a national helpline service.
The Parents section of the website provides information and resources for supporting your child at all stages of their education – from pre-school through to higher education. It also gives practical advice on how you can encourage and support your child’s physical activity, through PE lessons and bike riding.
Under the Groups section, you can find a list of local Dyspraxia Foundation groups in your area, with information on how to contact them and how to get involved.
You can also find up-to-date Dyspraxia news, book reviews, surveys and research projects.
Dyslexia Action is a charity with over 40 years’ experience in supporting people with literacy and numeracy difficulties, Dyslexia, and other specific learning difficulties.
The Dyslexia Action website is aimed primarily at educators and employers. As a parent, this can give you an insight into the way schools and teachers support children with Dyslexia.
English Type provides touch-typing computer programs for children and adults.
Touch-typing can be helpful to children with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. It allows children to concentrate on what they’re writing, rather than on the handwriting itself.
English Type programs were originally designed for children and adults with Dyslexia, and have become popular for users with Dyspraxia through their simple, clear and sensory approach.
• A key and finger colour coding system
• Visually simple and uncluttered
• Choice of background colours
• Both written and spoken instructions
• A multi-sensory approach
• Highly structured content
English Type programmes are available in PC or Mac formats and in two age categories – Junior and Senior.
Teach Tapin Blog
Teach Tapin supports people with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia through assistive technology.
The Teach Tapin blog looks at some of the assistive software currently available, with videos and links for you to find out more about each product.
The Dyslexia Shop
The Dyslexia Shop stocks thousands of carefully selected products to support people with Dyslexia and special education needs. Products include stationery, electronics, teaching aids and software.
Dyslexic.com stocks the latest assistive technology – such as text-to-speech, voice recognition, optical character recognition (OCR), literacy support software, apps, and much more.
This Dyspraxia website is a shop, bookstore, blog and information centre all combined. Products include – handwriting, visual stress, games and books. There are also sections just for left-handers, adults and teenagers with Dyspraxia.
Sensory Toy Warehouse
The Sensory Toy Warehouse stocks sensory products for all ages, from babies to the elderly, and sells, not just toys, but also sensory equipment. Products can be searched under sections which include: aroma, balance, dexterity, visual, tactile and speech.
Join the online community and discuss Dyslexia with other people – by reading one of the thousands of topics under discussion, or starting one of your own. You can read the discussions without becoming a member, but to post replies or questions, you’ll need to create a free online account.
Patoss is the professional association for teachers and assessors of of students with Specific Learning Difficulties. On their site you can find information on specialist tutors and assessors.