Useful links

There are lots of resources and organisations dedicated to dyslexia and other learning differences. Explore the links below to find out more.

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Useful links during Coronavirus

Scottish Schools will be aiming to return to full-time schooling in August 2020. The links below were compiled at the start of lockdown to assist home learning and may still be useful.  

Please note that Dyslexia Scotland does not endorse any particular product and we cannot be responsible for the content of any of the links. See also all the resources on Dyslexia Scotland’s website and Dyslexia Unwrapped. Our ‘Top Ten Resources for Parents’ is available on request by emailing [email protected]

Some of the links will be applicable to more than one group. 

Activities

Arts Award (a nationally recognised certificate for taking part in creative arts activities.)

Audible is offering free streams of stories for children for use on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

BBC ‘How to keep your kids learning at home’

BBC Bitesize

'Clear Your Head Challenge' - 31 daily challenges from Young Scot and Healthier Scotland

Free resources from Barrington Stoke including a free Homelearning pack to help children with dyslexia 

Scotland Learns contains health and wellbeing activities from Education Scotland

Scottish Book Trust Authors Live on demand

 

Home learning

Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Covid 19 links

ALN Homeschool (a list of resources for parents and carers of children with additional learning needs)

‘Amazing Educational Resources’ (includes some free subscriptions from education companies)

'At home with Dyslexia Scotland' (useful films on Dyslexia Scotland's YouTube page including recorded Parent Masterclasses)

'Back to School Toolkit' from Salvesen Mindroom Centre

Glasgow Dyslexia Support Services online learning resources

Gaelic resources and links

'Lockdown Learning' (a guide for parents and carers by Charmaine McKissock)

‘Maths on toast’ learning activities

National Numeracy free family maths activities

Online learning resources from Times Educational Supplement

OpenLearn Family Friendly Hub

Parent Club Back to School Toolkit 

‘Reach’ advice for learning at home

Twinkl Curriculum for Excellence resources

 

Technology

CALL Scotland offers advice on a range of free and low cost assistive technology that can help young people with dyslexia.  See their Wheels of Apps here.

CALL Scotland recorded workshops from an online event in June 2020

Free Claro software

Free Dekko reader app for ipads and iphones

Free Dekko comics to read online

Nessy free trial

 

Support for teachers 

Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit modules for teachers

CPD during lockdown - links from Glasgow Dyslexia Support Services

Dyslexia: Make a Difference is a series of films from BBC Teach with advice for teachers supporting dyslexic pupils.

Education Scotland online learning resources for practitioners

OpenLearn Taking Your Teaching Online

Top Ten Resources for teachers outlines a range of free resources from Dyslexia Scotland

 

Support for other professionals 

Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit modules for CLD practitioners

Dyslexia Scotland online training

 

Dyslexia organisations and websites 

British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity 

Dyslexia Adult Network

Dyslexia Unwrapped (our website for 8 - 18s)

Made By Dyslexia

Dyslexia Action

The Dyslexia Research Trust  

 

Dyslexia shops

SEN Marketing 

Crossbow Education Ltd 

The Dyslexia Shop 

Barrington Stoke (books for reluctant readers)

Dekko Comics (educational comics)

 

Other useful websites and guides

ENQUIRE (the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning)

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

CALL Scotland (assistive technology for people with disabilities)

AbilityNet Scotland 

Eduapps (includes free toolbar, MyStudyBar)

Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland (PINS) (network on educational inclusion, equalities, attainment, health and wellbeing)

Young Minds (emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people)

Young Scot (for young people aged 11 - 26. Young Scot cardholders can get a yearly subscription for the Dyslexia Voice magazine for £10. For more details, click here.)

Scottish Union Learning Guide for Union Learning Reps

Neurodiversity and Employment 

Dyslexia Friendly Church Guide and 'Thinking differently about God’ recommended reading list

 

Audio Books

Books for All 

Calibre 

Listening Books 

Audible

RNIB electronic audiobooks to borrow

Other learning difficulties

Dyscalculia Information Centre

Dyscalculia.org

Dyscalculia & Babakus

Dyscalculia organisations

Maths Explained

Steve Chinn

The Dyspraxia Foundation 

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS) 

The Scottish Society for Autism  

Association For All Speech Impaired Children

The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Practice (ASLTIP) 

 

Home Schooling

Education Otherwise                                         

Schoolhouse   

 

Professional bodies

British Psychological Society   

Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  

Scottish Council of Independent Schools Scotland (SCIS) 

The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD)

Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE)

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

 

Dyslexia Scotland’s leaflets on a range of topics also have some recommended books for further reading

If you would like some advice, contact Dyslexia Scotland’s Helpline.