A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Adolescent With Dyslexia

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Accessing classes in school can be a daily challenge for adolescents with dyslexia. Sarah O'Connor, founder of Acorn Care, looks at the effects of diagnosing dyslexia in teenagers, as well as how a diagnosis in teen years impacts their learning. Although she will touch on the primary symptoms of dyslexia in teenagers, this talk will focus on the secondary consequences which affect our adolescent students: self-esteem, coping and depression.

Sarah will unpack the typical daily struggles and challenges of older learners with dyslexia. In order to elicit positive academic and social results Sarah will explore removing barriers to learning from the roles and responsibilities of the learner themselves, the teachers and the parents. Through the model D-I-S-T-R-E-S-S we take a close look at resilience, self-advocacy and the strengths of understanding and compartmentalising a diagnosis. The outcome will be to have new tools in our toolbox as parents and educators to support teenagers with dyslexia.

Sarah O'Connor
Sarah holds a Masters degree in Applied Social Psychology and is a qualified member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is registered perform educational assessments and has over 17 years of experience in Special Needs Education (SEN). Originally graduating from Liverpool University Sarah went on to obtain a PGCE at Exeter University’s prestigious teacher training section at St Luke’s. During her postgraduate education Sarah focused on developing her SEN expertise. Sarah has worked for the ESF in four different schools, as both a SEN teacher, a SEN coordinator, and department head in SEN. Prior to becoming a teacher Sarah worked with Special Needs children and adults in a variety of settings, including MENCAP UK, Riding for the disabled.

Acorn Care
Sarah set up Acorn Care in April 2017. It provides support, advice and recommendations in the world of special needs in Hong Kong. Acorn Care serves a client base with a focus on easing financial burdens, reducing stress for families, and leveling the playing field in Special Needs Education so urgently required by HK families. Sarah’s educational expertise, knowledge of services, network of professionals, and experience of administrative protocol at government and school level, enable Acorn Care to offer the very best help and guidance to families in Hong Kong.