At 5pm on Monday 27th April 2009 members of the Offaly Dyslexia Group group opened the doors of Daingean National School to welcome the parents and children participating in the Dyslexia Association of Ireland workshops.

In total eleven children attended the first of the Offaly Dyslexia Group workshops. These will be held over a six week period, in line with the academic year, with further workshops being planned for September 2009.

Initially the first workshops will serve a ‘getting to know you’ purpose, which will allow the tutors and co-ordinator Ms Susan McGann to assess the children’s individual learning requirements. Each child will have the opportunity to work in small age determined groups and also individually with the tutors.

During this time, the group hopes to determine and purchase learning support materials that are best matched to the participants needs. Presently the Offaly Dyslexia Group is in the process of purchasing two lap-top computers which will allow students to use Information & Communication Technology software.

At present the Offaly Dyslexia Group has a ‘live’ waiting list of several prospective students wishing to avail of the workshops. Should you wish to make enquiries about adding your child’s name to this list please contact us.

As these activities require funding it is intended that the Offaly Dyslexia Group will hold a number of fund raising activities throughout the year. All offers of help will be gratefully received and should be directed to 086 2309009 or info@offalydyslexiagroup.org

On Monday last, 20th April 2009, the founding members of the Offaly Dyslexia Group were proud to present the opportunity for parents to register their children for the forthcoming Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) workshops. The in-inaugural pre-registration parents meeting was held at Daingean National School and was a great success, with the parents of nine children attending.

The meeting was opened by David Walsh, (Chair) who welcomed the parents and briefly introduced the committee members, tutors Susan McGann (workshop co-ordinator), Elaine Norris and Ethne Crowley. Also present was Ms Mary Ball of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.

Mary Ball, DAI spoke briefly about the aim of the DAI and what to expect from the workshops for children with Dyslexia. Susan McGann (workshop co-ordinator) gave a brief run-down of what to expect in practical terms. Following this there was the opportunity for a questions and answers session, which proved to be lively.

Afterwards the tutors spoke with each parent and some of the children on an individual basis, accompanied by a quick review of their psycho-educational assessment. Parents were re-assured that tuition would be aimed to fulfil the children’s individual needs, with group tutoring and private tutoring combined.

Dyslexia is considered to be a specific learning disability, which means that mainstream teaching cannot always provide the assistance required. DAI workshops provided by the Offaly Dyslexia Group endeavour to introduce learning skills to children who are affected by this condition.

The key to success is to find an alternative learning style by which these children will succeed. Sadly mainstream schools follow only one academic pattern, which does not allow for alternative learning styles, therefore workshops provided by DAI affiliated groups, such as the Offaly Dyslexia Group are invaluable.

The one clear goal which is clearly identified by those with experience of tutoring dyslexic children is that their self esteem is greatly improved as a result of being taught in a way specific to their needs. This in itself is a great triumph on the part of those concerned and often is the motivator needed to accelerate the learning process.

The Offaly Dyslexia Group are thankful for the generosity of The EBS Building Society Community Fund, The Community Foundation For Ireland, The OAK Partnership and Mahon Oil. Also for the tenacity of those parents whose determination to help their children find the help that they require. Without them, the Offaly Dyslexia Group would not exist.

After months of planning and a lot of hard work the group can proudly look forward to DAI workshops commencing on Monday 27th April.

For more information please contact the Offaly Dyslexia Group.

In case anyone dropping in missed our previous announcement, tomorrow evening, Monday 20th April,  the Offaly Dyslexia Group will hold its inaugural pre-registration parents evening. This  will take place at Daingean National School from 5pm – 7pm.

The aim of this meeting is to provide parents with the opportunity to meet the teachers who will be working closely with their children at the Offaly Dyslexia Group workshops. These will commence at 5pm on Monday 27th April, in Daingean National School, each workshop will last two hours.

The initial workshops will serve a ‘getting-to-know-you’ function for the teachers and the children. During the initial ‘term’, which will run until the end of the academic year the teachers will have the opportunity to assess those children attending and devise a programme suitable for their individual needs.

In order to do this it is essential that parents attending Monday’s pre-registration meeting bring the required documentation. The provision of workshops involves a huge commitment by all parties and your co-operation from its inception will be much appreciated.

For further enquiries please contact David Walsh, Chairperson, Offaly Dyslexia Group.

The Offaly Dyslexia Group is a voluntary organisation. As a registered charity we would appreciate all offers of assistance.

Parents will be required to give assistance on a rotational basis regarding the supervision and security of the workshops. We anticipate that this will not occur more than once per term.

From time to time Offaly Dyslexia Group will be holding Fund-raising activities. Assistance will be requested from the parents of children availing of workshops.

Offaly Dyslexia Group welcomes ideas regarding fund-raising activities!

To ensure that  your child receives the maximum benefit from attending the Offaly Dyslexia Group workshops it is important the the student is fully committed:

  • Full and regular attendance
  • Coming to class on time
  • Full co-operation in class
  • Willingness to do the work assigned.

Places in the workshops are normally assigned for one full academic year, unless otherwise specified. Fees are due for the full year as they are set on an annual basis.

To facilitate parents,  fees may be paid on a weekly basis, however the full annual amount remains payable, EVEN if the student misses a class. Therefore, it is wise to make sure that your child understands that attendance at the workshop is a commitment for a full school year.

However, as Offaly Dyslexia Group workshops are commencing in April this year the initial contract will cover the period from April to June ’09 only.  Fees are payable for this period only.

The first full Offaly Dyselxia Group academic year will commence in September ’09 commensurate with the school year. This contract will be renewed with each new school academic year.

Further enquiries should be made to Offaly Dyslexia Group

The Offaly Dyslexia Group is delighted to announce that we will be commencing workshops in the very near future! In fact, it is envisaged that the first will take place on 27th April 2009.

Before children can be admitted to our waiting list for the Offaly Dyslexia Group‘s workshops a number of pre-requisites must be met. These consist of a) Workshop Enrolment Form, b) Medical Consent Form and c) Parental Contract Form.

In addition to this an original copy of your child’s Psycho-Educational Assessment must also be submitted for the attention of the Workshop Co-ordinator who will treat it in strictest confidence. This requirement will enable the Co-ordinator to draw up your child’s individual profile*.

If available your child’s STEN/Percentile scores as indicated from their school end of year test results would also be helpful in assessing your child’s needs.

To securing a place at workshop (when available) a refundable* deposit of €50.00 per child is required. *This may be off-set against the cost of workshop attendance.

Please contact Offaly Dyslexia Group for further details.

*this post was edited by Admin on 28/8/09 to reflect the correct terminology when referring to children’s unique learning profiles. In a formal educational setting these are commonly referred to as Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Offaly Dyslexia Group is holding a parent information meeting on Monday 20th April at 5pm in Daingean National School.

Parents whose children will be commencing workshops on 27th April are requested to attend this meeting. This will present you with the opportunity to meet with the teachers and talk to them about your concerns regarding your child.

We are also pleased to confirm that Ms Mary Ball of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland will also be in attendance. Members of the Offaly Dyslexia Group will also be present to help with enquiries regarding the workshops.

Please contact Offaly Dyslexia Group for further information.

PRESS RELEASE – Feb ’09

The recently formed Offaly Dyslexia Group has moved from strength to strength since its formation in Oct last year. We have had many successful meetings with parents and teachers over the past few months with members of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland coming down from Dublin to answer our many questions.

Now with funding received from the EBS building Society, Oak Partnership, Mahon Oil and the Community Foundation of Ireland, we are now hoping to commence workshops for Children in Offaly with Dyslexia in the near future, for which we are presently compiling a pre-enrolment list of children who are interested in attending.

The workshops will be held in Daingean National School on a Monday Night from 5-7pm and are for children over 8 years of age, who have been assessed and diagnosed as having Dyslexia and who are registered members of the DAI.

There are a limited number of places on the workshops and any children who do not get into the first set of workshops will have their names placed on a waiting list for the next suitable place.

If you are interested in your child attending the workshops please contact us on 086-6005606 / 086-8258511 or email info@offalydyslexiagroup.org for a registration form.

We would like to thank all those who have supported us especially EBS Building Society, Oak Partnership and the Community foundation of Ireland, whose donations will go a long way to helping get our workshops up and running a lot earlier than was anticipated and provide a badly needed service for the children in Co Offaly.

We would also like to thank the Board of Management and Staff of Daingean National School who have made the school available to us for the purposes of the workshops.

We hope this is just the beginning; however, we would be delighted to receive any further help and support.

EBS has confirmed that four local initiatives across Offaly that will receive funding from the new EBS Community Fund. EBS offices called on communities to ‘Make a Difference’ and nominate local initiatives worthy of receiving grants.
It is a new fund which is available through EBS to help support causes in the local community. In total over €3,500 has been given through the EBS Community Fund to local community organisations in Offaly.

EBS Cheque

EBS Cheque

The four groups are North Offaly Dyslexia Association, Tullamore Scouts, Kilcormac/Killoughey Camogie Club and 1st Edenderry Scouts.

The groups being supported in Offaly are among 154 initiatives around the country chosen by a group of EBS members and staff who reviewed all nominations and decided on the causes to benefit from the fund.

Aidan Power, Head of Marketing at EBS, said: “The EBS Community Fund has been established to assist worthy organisations working in towns and villages around the country.”

DAI Annual Conference and AGM 2009

Venue: Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Date: Saturday 25th April, 2009.

The 2009 Annual Conference, incorporating the AGM, will take place on Saturday 25th April, 2009. The Annual Conference will incorporate a range of programmes for different groups. There will be two strands: talks for parents and teachers, and separate talks for adults who have dyslexia.

We are very pleased to announce that noted author and dyslexia expert Philomena Ott will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Philomena is author of many books including “How to Detect and Manage Dyslexia” and “How to Manage Spelling Successfully”. Further information and booking details will be sent to all members with the Spring 2009 newsletter which will be issued in mid-March.
Alternatively, click on the following links to download the full conference programme and booking form: