Meetings

We have regular meetings on Wednesday evenings - see dates below. They take place at:
The Friends Meeting House
10 Cedar Road
Sutton, Surrey
SM2 5DA

How do I get there ?

Cedar Road is just around the corner from Sutton BR station.

Upcoming Meetings

17th June 2020

ZOOM MEETING

An Overview of Dyslexia and Practical Strategies for Supporting Dyslexic Learn
ers

by  Tory Sparks, Head of Projects and Level 7 Course Tutor at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

Over the past weeks we have all found ourselves in a time of significant change caused by the Coronavirus, having to face and overcome new challenges. In her talk, Tory will provide an overview of dyslexia and the qualities which many individuals with dyslexia have, such as good problem solving, communication and creative skills. However, such individuals often find times of transition particularly challenging due to the underlying characteristics of dyslexia. Tory will discuss a range of strategies and resources known to be effective in helping dyslexic learners across the age range, both at home and at school.

Tory Sparks
Tory has worked at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity for six years as a specialist teacher and assessor, and as a tutor for the Level 5 and Level 7 Diploma professional training courses for teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. Prior to teaching, Tory enjoyed a successful career in marketing and public relations. Having had her family, she joined the world of education where she worked for many years in a special support centre for children with additional learning needs. There is a familial history of dyslexia and co-occurring specific learning difficulties in Tory’s family, which has been central to her intent to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia, both from a parental and professional point of view. Next year, the charity will celebrate its 50th birthday, having been established in 1971 by the dyslexia pioneer, Helen Arkell. In her current role as Head of Projects, Tory works with the team to broaden the charity’s geographic reach and expand its services for people with dyslexia and those who support them.

You are welcome to join Sutton Dyslexia Association’s first virtual meeting.
All members will be sent  the Zoom link the day before the meeting.
Non-members are very welcome to join us too. Please email
jmbrunton21@gmail.com
for a link to the meeting. 
If any members are unsure that we have their correct email address, please email the above address for a link to the meeting.


Start Time: 8pm
Please join the meeting from 7.55 p.m.

16th September 2020

Understanding our spelling and reading system. Ways to help children who find this difficult.
by Professor Rob Savage
Rob is Head of the Psychology and Human Development Department at University College, London. His research interests are children’s early reading and spelling strategies. Some of his early research took place in Sutton with the Learning Support Team, looking at how to help children with literacy difficulties. He continued this work at a university in Canada and has many years of experience in finding the best methods for helping children to understand and use our reading system.
8 p.m.
This will be a Zoom meeting. Please check this website nearer the time for details of how to join the meeting.