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  • Title: Home
    Descriptive info: .. HOME.. GADA EVENTS.. FURTHER INFORMATION.. SERVICES.. LINKS.. Welcome to Galway Dyslexia Association (GADA).. Subscribe to galwaydyslexia.. Powered by.. health.. groups.. yahoo.. com.. GADA: Impact Medias Charity of the Month March 2007.. Support through Inland Revenue Changes.. The.. Inland.. revenue.. are.. no.. longer.. allow.. ing.. parents to claim tax back on the Med 1 form.. for the costs of dyslexic classes.. If you have any questions on this please contact GADA at.. info@gada.. ie.. , or via the contact details at the bottom of this page.. Dyslexia A.. rticles in the media.. Galway Now May 2006 Page 1.. Galway Now May 2006 Page 2.. Irish Independent 17.. 4.. 06.. Natural Lifestyle April 2006.. Sunday Tribune 19.. 3.. Sunday Times Magazine 8.. 07.. Dyslexia 'could be due to problems with noise'.. A proneness to becoming distracted and an inability to filter out irrelevant information could be one of the root causes of dyslexia, according to a new study.. The investigation by a group of university researchers suggested that children who cannot properly distinguish data that can be ignored from important information could have problems identifying letters and word sounds.. Anne Sperling of the National Institute of Mental Health in the US and co-author of the study said that deep-lying problems, which affect all areas of perception, could be at the root of dyslexia.. It's harder to make a [language] task automatic when your categories are fuzzier than they ought to be to begin with, Ms Sperling added.. In terms of treatment, the results suggest that programs that foster the development of sharper perceptual categories for letters and letter sounds might be a good way to supplement existing dyslexia interventions.. Read full article here.. -----------------------------------------------------------------.. Fast ForWord Interactive Tour.. Fast ForWord uses intensive, adaptive schedules that develop a wide range of critical reading skills, including:.. Phonemic awareness / Fluency / Vocabulary / Comprehension /.. Decoding / Syntax.. The dramatic changes in brain function required to achieve.. effective and enduring results are accomplished through intense,.. frequent, and consistent technology-based intervention.. See our on-line Flash demonstration to get a better idea of how you can work with the products.. http://newsweaver.. ie/eletra/go.. cfm?z=neuronreading%2C151509%2Cb6bq0LvG%2C1094553%2Cb8ysBV4.. (requires Flash 7.. 0 or higher).. What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Jamie Oliver, Pablo Picasso, Tom Cruise, Richard Branson, JFK and Keira Knightley have in common?.. Well they are all dyslexic and  ...   normal way.. It can be inherited and so it’s common for several children in one family to have to cope with this condition.. Children with dyslexia who are given the correct support will overcome their reading difficulties.. Many of the children we have helped have gone on to complete degrees and college courses; they are fully employed and contributing to our society.. We recognise that schools do not have the necessary resources they need to meet the needs of our dyslexic children.. Our mission is to fight for help within the schooling system for these children.. We also employ specially trained teachers to help with these children outside of school hours by teaching them in small groups.. Click here to found out more.. GADA Profile.. The Galway Dyslexia Association is affiliated to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland which is a national charity.. http://www.. dyslexia.. ie/adult.. htm.. The Association lobbies for the provision of appropriate services by the state to all dyslexic people.. It also provides:.. #.. An information service to the public.. Psycho-educational assessment of children and adults.. The Association accepts referrals from parents, teachers, doctors and psychologists, and will arrange testing for anyone with a Specific Learning Disability.. Group and individual tuition to children.. The Association, through it's Educational Consultant, evaluates new information and teaching methods for the remediation of Specific Learning Difficulty.. It keeps in touch with government departments, politicians and relevant professional bodies and educational organisations.. The Association is a national source of information on Specific Learning Disabilities.. Parents and professionals are available to speak to any group about all aspects of Specific Learning Disability.. Information and literature is available from the national office.. GADA Contact Information.. Ann Owen-Jones, Clonboo, Corrandulla, Co.. Galway.. Or email.. us with any further questions you have have concerning the association or dyslexia.. Copyright © 2005 Galway Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.. Galway Dyslexia Association c/o GETNS, Thomas Hynes Rd, Newcastle, Galway.. Tel: 087 7588258.. Joint Secretaries: Sue Clarke.. Treasurer: Jim McDonnell.. The Galway Dyslexia Association is affiliated to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, Dublin (Formerly the ACLD).. It is a registered charity (Reg CHY 1044) and is one of 26 branches in Ireland set up by volunteers to assist children and adults with specific learning difficulties.. The national helpline is 01-6790276 (fax: 01-6790273).. Sponsored by Busy Lizzie Lifestyle Management..

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  • Title: events
    Descriptive info: Latest News from GADA.. Past Events.. Annual GADA Cake Sale.. The annual GADA cake sale will be taking place on Saturday.. 18th November.. at.. Galway Educate Together School.. from 10.. 30-12.. 30.. An open session will be available on the morning as well for queries on who GADA are and what we do and how we can help you.. Please do support us on the day, if you can not attend could you make or buy some cakes for the sale?.. We look forward to seeing you there.. GADA AGM 2006.. The GADA 2006 AGM took place on 26th October, 7.. 30pm at GETNS.. The guest speaker was Deirdre McGuinness and her theme was How to help the dyslexic child throughout school..  ...   The association will be holding a street collection on April 8th.. Why We Need Help.. To cover the costs of additional teaching children in our workshops, we have to charge parents.. Whilst many parents are happy to pay these fees, some can not and therefore we need to raise funds, so that all dyslexic children in our region can receive the help and support they need.. What You Can Do.. €250 helps to sponsor a child.. €.. 500 sponsors one child half a year.. €1000 sponsors one child for a full year.. Sponsor one child or more! All donations very welcome and can be offset against tax.. How We Say Thank You.. A Christmas calendar with your logo will be distributed throughout Galway..

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    Descriptive info: What is Dyslexia?.. There are many definitions of dyslexia.. A very simple one would be that dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly.. The recent Report of the Task Force on Dyslexia (2001) suggests the following more scientific definition:.. Dyslexia is manifested in a continuum of specific learning difficulties related to the acquisition of basic skills in reading, spelling and/or writing, such difficulties being unexplained in relation to an individual's other abilities and educational experiences.. Dyslexia can be described at the neurological, cognitive and behavioural levels.. It is typically characterised by inefficient information processing, including difficulties in phonological processing, working memory, rapid naming and automaticity of basic skills.. Difficulties in organisation, sequencing and motor skills may also be present.. (p.. 31).. The report goes on to say that the learning difficulties arising from dyslexia:.. * occur across the lifespan, and may manifest themselves in different ways at different ages;.. * may co-exist with difficulties in the area of numbers;.. * may be associated with early spoken language difficulties;.. * may be alleviated by appropriate intervention;.. * increase or reduce in severity depending on environmental factors;.. * occur in all socio-economic groups.. * can co-exist with other learning difficulties such as Attention Deficit Disorder, and may or may not represent a primary difficulty.. Causes.. A great deal of research has been done in recent years on the cause of dyslexia and it may be that a great deal more needs to be done before we have a definitive answer.. We do know that developmental dyslexia is inherited, more common in males than females and that one is born with it.. While no conclusive research has been carried out in Ireland to determine how prevalent it is, studies in other countries would suggest that 6% to 8% of the population are likely to be affected.. It would seem that people with dyslexia share a cluster of genes, which may, it is believed, account for the variations in the nature and extent of specific learning difficulties.. Experts are not agreed, however, on the underlying causes of dyslexia.. Professor John Stein, Oxford, believes that auditory and visual difficulties are caused by abnormal magnocellular development.. Malfunction in the development of sensory nerves happens at the foetal stage and is said to cause eye convergence difficulties and inhibit steady eye fixation.. Other theorists consider that a phonological deficit is the root cause of dyslexia.. Evidence from brain imaging suggests that people with dyslexia do not activate the left hemisphere (the language side) in the brain as much when reading as non-dyslexic readers, and that there is less engagement of the areas of the brain which match letters with sounds.. Yet another view is that the role of the part of the brain which controls balance (the cerebellum) is crucial and that differences in this area make it difficult for children with dyslexia to acquire automaticity in tasks and may further inhibit the development of language dexterity and motor skills.. Experts do agree that dyslexia describes differences in the way in which the brain processes information, and while there may be differences in the way in which the brain works, this does not imply any abnormality, disease or defect.. All Children Learn Differently.. Whatever the origins of the difficulty, the truth is that children and adults with dyslexia learn differently.. If this difference is not accommodated within the school system, the child may have difficulty in learning to read, write, spell and handle numbers.. Some difficulties will be mild and a child may cope without extra support.. Others are severe and the child will require specific help and tuition.. I.. ndicators of Dyslexia.. A problem learning to read and/or spell should alert parents and teachers that a Specific Learning Disability may be present.. This applies particularly when a child's progress seems at odds with his or her general level of ability.. A child with dyslexia may:.. * have experienced early speech and language problems.. * confuse directions like left and right.. * have difficulty remembering common sequences such as the days of the week, tables and the alphabet.. * have poor pencil control and awkward handwriting.. * mix up the sound of words and order of numbers.. * be unable to pair speech sounds with letters and vice versa.. * confuse letters and words that look somewhat alike (e.. g.. b/d, p/q, m/w, n/u, was/saw, cat/act, from/form).. * have difficulty copying words and numbers from a book or blackboard.. * have specific difficulties in arithmetic, such as place value.. * have problems recalling the names of words or objects.. * Older children (second-level) may have problems in getting  ...   automaticity.. The teaching is cognitive and encourages learners to think about language and understand language structures.. The teaching is success orientated, i.. that it ensures success and builds self esteem.. The learner is helped to transfer learning to real literacy situations.. The home is involved.. The Dyslexia Association's years of experience and knowledge of SLD/Dyslexia, as well as our contact with British, European and International associations, has led us to the conclusion that there is no quick fix, no magic pill, no universal panacea, that will provide a cure.. Despite this belief, regularly, over the years, bona fide researchers and charlatans alike continue to look for alternative treatments that might cure, prevent or otherwise have a positive effect on the learning difficulty.. Learning difficulties, and dyslexia in particular, seem to attract unusual forms of treatment.. The only real way to determine the worth of these treatments is to become better acquainted with some of the methods of scientific investigation.. Research has shown that many things can influence performance incidentally:.. Placebo Effects - in placebo effects, illnesses can be 'cured' just because patients believe that they are receiving effective treatment.. Hawthorne effects - the Hawthorne effect is the finding that for every change in circumstances there will be a change in behaviour.. Attentional effects - in attentional effects, subjects may react favourably to a treatment just because they are the centre of a lot of attention.. Motivational effects - motivational effects are the result of a subject trying much harder just because they have been singled out for treatment and made to feel special.. Parents and professionals should watch out for any promoted method or product that costs a lot of money and promises a quick fix or 'cure'.. Any method or product should be considered controversial and suspect if:.. There is no research to prove that it works, or which explains why it works.. The research has not been independently replicated.. The claims of the method or product far exceed the research results.. The only 'proof' is the personal testimony of parents or their children.. Before signing any contract, agreeing to any treatment or purchasing any product that sounds too good to be true, ask to see the independent research papers that support their claims.. Also ask for local references.. Talk to professionals in the field about the method.. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.. Some Alternative Therapies / Non-Teaching Strategies.. The association is open to the adoption of new and improved methods of teaching but we owe it to our members to be cautious when new and alternative methods are suggested.. Therefore, the association does not endorse any methods of working with people with dyslexia other than teaching which is specific, systematic and cumulative, designed to cater to the learner's assessed needs.. If other non-teaching therapies are being considered then users should satisfy themselves as to the scientific validity of these therapies.. Thus, the following approaches are included for information only, and their inclusion does not constitute a recommendation by the association.. Movement-Based Therapies.. Educational kinesiology, neuro-developmental therapy, primary movement, brain gym, DDAT programme - these theories hold that learning difficulties can be caused by primitive reflexes remaining active in the body.. Attainment of balance, hand-eye co-ordination, motor control and perceptual skills may be delayed or inhibited as a result.. This condition is said to be corrected by a programme of exercises designed to inhibit primary reflexes and thus develop and improve balance, co-ordination, etc.. Eye-Related Therapies.. Scotopic Sensitivity (Irlen) Syndrome - Irlen lenses (colour tinted) or filters have been found to reduce or eliminate glare which causes some readers to experience perceptual difficulties.. Further information is available from:.. www.. irlen.. Nutritional Supplements / Diet.. Essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils) are said to help maintain eye and brain function.. These essential fatty acids are found in oily fish (e.. salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and in vegetable oils and seeds (e.. sunflower, flax, pumpkin and sesame).. Nutritional supplements are also available in pharmacies and health food stores.. For further information visit the Food and Behaviour website.. fabresearch.. org.. An Overview of Interventions by Alan Sayles.. Alan Sayles, Educational Consultant to DAI, presented a paper to the 5th DAI European Conference on April 17, 2004.. This paper An Overview of Interventions discusses the range of alternative approaches to dyslexia.. Click on the link below to download the presentation (PDF format).. This is quite a large file so may take several minutes to download completely.. Sayles Conference 2004.. You will need.. Adobe Acrobat Reader.. to view.. PDF Files.. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, click on the icon below to download a free version from the Adobe site..

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  • Title: SERVICES
    Descriptive info: GADA Workshops.. Tuition is in the Galway Educate Together School.. Teaching is carried out by fully qualified specialist teachers who have done a course on dyslexia.. All children in the workshops have been assessed by a psychologist as being dyslexic.. Tuition is in groups of four for two hours with a short break; the tuition is prepared separately for each child and includes work on computers.. Costs:.. €500 per term.. Two terms per year.. The costs can be claimed back against tax.. Times for the 3 Separate Workshops:.. Tues 4..  ...   -12.. 0.. Please note as from Christmas 2005, the payment for workshops will be based on a standing Order.. For a copy of our standing order form please click here.. How To Apply for Workshops.. Please send a copy of the psychologist’s report together with a contact phone number to Ann Owen-Jones, Clonboo, Corrandulla, Co.. We provide our service for Galway County and surrounding areas and currently have waiting lists.. For more information contact: Dierdre Heskin on 087 2396414.. The Galway Dyslexia Association is run by a committee of parents..

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  • Title: links
    Descriptive info: Links.. We have listed some links that you may find useful.. Dyslexia Association of Ireland.. SchwabLearning.. - A Parents guide to to Helping Kids with Learning Difficulties.. Dyslexia Parents Resource - A Parents guide to to Helping Kids with Learning Difficulties.. These website links are listed as a convenience to our visitors.. If you use these links, we take no responsibility and give no guarantees, warranties or representations, implied or otherwise, for the content or accuracy of these third-party sites..

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