A huge huge thank you to all our volunteers who helped out today at our annual flag day. The support we got from the public as always was phenomenal so a really big thank you to everyone who donated and supported us in anyway. The flag day is our main fundraiser and the funds raised goes towards keeping the costs of the workshops down. Without it the cost of the workshops would have to be a lot higher so again we say thank you. We currently have 26 children aged 7 to 18 enrolled in our workshops. We have always room for more so if you have a child with dyslexia who needs support please contact us on 086 2309009.

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Well tomorrow finishes Dyslexia Awareness week and what a fantastic week it’s been. The Offaly Dyslexia group who provide support to families of children with dyslexia in the offaly and surrounding areas are out on the streets of Tullamore tomorrow for our annual flag day. All funds raised stays locally and goes to supporting workshops for children with Dyslexia. Please give generously.

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Great night tonight at the public information meeting on Dyslexia. Great turnout.
Aisling shared her story of growing up with dyslexia, her personal experiences of primary and secondary school and getting to college to study stage management and stage craft and the different paths she had to take to get there. She was definitely an inspiration to parents there tonight who were wondering what might become of their child who’ve just recently been diagnosed. Gearoid one of our committee members who has dyslexia himself then gave his story of how he didn’t get diagnosed till his late teens again another very inspirational story Gearoid is a parent of a child with dyslexia and is an advanced paramedic. Just two local stories of how with the right support any dyslexic child can be what they want to be. Wyn McCormack then spoke of her experiences of having 3 children with Dyslexia, she is a teacher and she has also written books on Dyslexia. Wyn recognised that teachers in secondary school weren’t getting training in teaching children with Dyslexia so she now runs courses to train secondary school teachers. She talked about Dyslexia how to recognise it, how to get supports? what supports were available?. She was so full of information that she probably could have spoken well into the night. Thoroughly enjoyable and very information. A big thank you to Aisling Gearoid and Wyn for a great night. Information from the night will be posted on our website http://ift.tt/2ktHy4R over the next few days.

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Great night tonight at the public information meeting on Dyslexia. Great turnout.
Aisling shared her story of growing up with dyslexia, her personal experiences of primary and secondary school and getting to college to study stage management and stage craft and the different paths she had to take to get there. She was definitely an inspiration to parents there tonight who were wondering what might become of their child who’ve just recently been diagnosed. Gearoid then gave his story of how he didn’t get diagnosed till his late teens again another very inspirational story Gearoid is a parent of a child with dyslexia and is an advanced paramedic. Just two local stories of how with the right support any dyslexic child can be what they want to be. Wyn McCormack then spoke of her experiences of having 3 children with Dyslexia, she is a teacher and she has also written books on Dyslexia. Wyn recognised that teachers in secondary school weren’t getting training in teaching children with Dyslexia so she now runs courses to train secondary school teachers. She talked about Dyslexia how to recognise it, how to get supports? what supports were available?. She was so full of information that she probably could have spoken well into the night. Thoroughly enjoyable and very information. A big thank you to Aisling Gearoid and Wyn for a great night. Information from the night will be posted on our website http://ift.tt/2ktHy4R over the next few days.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances the interview on Midlands radio had to be postponed today however Gearoid will be interviewed tomorrow morning Thurs 5th “World Dyslexia day” around 10.30am Tune in to hear Gearoids story as a parent of a child with dyslexia a committee member of the offaly dyslexia group and as a person with Dyslexia. Come along to the Tullamore court hotel at 8pm tomorrow night Thursday 5th Oct to hear more about Dyslexia. This is a free event so all welcome.

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Great night at workshops last night which we held in Tullamore Library as the beginning of Dyslexia Awareness week. Kids were treated to an amazing inciteful story time by Seanie Morris. Seanie grasped the attention of all the kids from 7 to 17 as he told them and showed them all about how his story “Melvin the friendly bedtime Monster” came into being. He showed them his storyboards and then his finished book. Two of the kids then volunteered to read his story for all the other kids. Seanie gave the kids great encouragement, telling them if they have an ideas for a story they should write it down. All the kids had a great night. A big thank you to Seanie Morris who volunteered his time to the group at very notice. Everyone looks forward to having him back next year.

Tune in tomorrow morning to listen to Will Faulkner interviewing Gearoid about being a parent of a child with dyslexia, a committee member of offaly dyslexia group and who has dyslexia himself.

A quick reminder we have our public information meeting about Dyslexia on Thurs 5th again as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week in fact Thurs is World Dyslexia day so no better day to hold this meeting. If you want to know more about Dyslexia then come along on Thursday to the Tullamore court hotel at 8pm. Our guest speakers Wyn McCormack. Gearoid a parent who is himself dyslexic and Aisling a past pupil who was with us since the beginning of the group 9 years ago and has now just started her second year in college. We also have LOETB who run classes for adults with Dyslexia.

Then on Saturday we will be out with our buckets and hi vis jackets around Tullamore for our annual flag day. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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