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Dawn MatthewsI am Dawn Matthews and as a dyslexic teacher of dyslexics and other learning styles, and a parent of dyslexic kids, I have dedicated my life to helping any person who learns differently from the norm. I have been doing this for decades. During this time I have set up and run various centres, specialists units within schools and support groups mostly in the UK. Most recently I established, along with help from other dedicated people, Dyslexic Centre Australia Inc. of which I am president.

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I have been turning kids and adults with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADD into confident, happy and successful students for decades. It is possible that I have actually sorted more dyslexics than any other single person. But I do not claim to "cure" it.

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Instead I write games for learning, activities for the classroom and home schooling, and true multi sensory language and literacy games that teach them in a way that is right for them. If they were to find a cure tomorrow for dyslexia I, as a dyslexic, would certainly not be taking it. Dyslexics think and learn differently from the norm. In many ways this different learning style is better.
I have given up a very much loved art career to concentrate on providing friendly and simple solutions to the faced by people with dyslexia and dyspraxia.
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I have always used my own methods of multi sensory teaching and gradually I have formalized my teaching methods into, worksheets for kids, printable worksheets, activity sheets, games for learning, assessments of learning, colouring pages that teach spelling, that help kids with learning differences to learn English.

I hate those sheets, and Australia is awash with them, where kids have to fill in blank sections and draw lines connecting similar words, or objects, or letters to pictures.
Dyslexics learn very little from these. None of my worksheets are at all like them. If these are the sort of thing you are looking g for then go to any other site. if you want to try something new and imaginative and completely different then stay with me.

I will never give up on you, however severe your kids’ learning problem. If you have any problems using my materials or understanding them feel free to email or phone me.

Childhood education is so important and the younger you begin teaching your kid the correct way the faster s/he will learn.

I am currently using my materials and learning games with aboriginal kids and they are enjoying using them and catching up quite quickly. The games are found to be aboriginal friendly.

Square pegs
Mainstream schooling often only caters for the one learning style. They assume that every kid is a round peg. Dyslexics are not round pegs. If your kid is struggling in mainstream education then s/he is probably a square peg; a kid who thinks outside the box. S/he needs to be taught as a square peg.

Please do not give your dyslexic or dyspraxic kids amphetamine drugs or put them under pressure to try to change them into round pegs. If your child has been diagnosed as having ADHD and you think s/he may be dyslexic or dyspraxic then please read my book ADHD drug free "Cures" Square is good. Most self-made millionaires are square pegs. Have a look at our famous dyslexics list

Kids with dyslexia are the nicest set of kids you can come across. They are creative, spatial problem solvers with wonderful caring natures. Do you want this taken away from your child?

Strengths and weaknesses

Dyslexia is a combination of strengths and weaknesses. If you could take away the dyslexia you would take away the strengths as well as the weaknesses. Your child would become a different kid. If you love your kid just as s/he is then start teaching him/her as a square peg.

Learning styles

All learning styles display a pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Far too many people are diagnosing learning differences by only looking at the weaknesses. Then they call it a disability. Dyslexic kids do not have a disability, they are disabled by the education system because it is not catering for their learning styles and needs.

Square pegs need to be taught how to read and how to spell. They need a literacy program that contains learning games for the classroom or home schooling.

I am quite definitely a square peg and all my educational games and activities are specially written for square pegs.

Dyspraxic kids can also be thought of as square pegs, as can autistic kids. Change the teaching to fit the child. Please do not try to change the child to fit the system.

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This is the site that caters for square pegs!

  • Is your kid a square peg?
  • How to discover your kids learning style.
  • Test for dyslexia
  • Test for dyspraxia
  • Test for auditory processing disorder or auditory processing difficulty.

If you have ticked half or more on either of these tests then your child is not completely round. Your child needs to learn to read through reading activities designed specially for him/her. Your child needs reading strategies set in place to help improve language and literacy. You child needs to learn phonics and spelling rules and s/he needs to learn these in a multi sensory way. I have developed many phonics worksheets and phonological awareness activities that can be used at home or in a classroom, teaching a whole class at a time.

If your child is struggling at school you know in your heart that something is wrong. You know if your child is bright. Was s/he normal and bright before school? If so then it is the education style that is wrong for your child.

You can get as assessment, but be aware that merely giving your kid a label is not going to help him/her. If the school does not know how to teach your child in the way your child needs to learn, a mere label will not help your child.
What you want are solutions.

If you get an assessment make sure it is solution based. This is what I do in my assessments. I find out how your child learns, thinks and perceives the world and then I can easily show you how s/he learns and how to teach him/her. This is the only kind of assessment you need.
But you may not need an assessment at all. You know your child better than any teacher does. You know in your heart that you are right about your child. Follow your instincts. Try a different approach to teaching. My educational games for kids and simple courses are dead easy to use.

During trailing the Dead Easy Phonics based course was teaching kids to read in 3 months, with just 15 minutes a day One kid was so proud of himself that he asked to be videoed and put on youtube. And remember if you watch this that this boy had only completed about 1 hundredths of the course!

Multi sensory

My materials are the only truly, simple multi sensory literacy activities. My courses are structured, and fun. They contain hundreds of spelling rules, which are learnt methodically in a simple way.

My activities contain:
Reading games
Spelling games
Typing games
Spelling rules
Spelling lists
Literacy activities
Literacy program
How to spell
Reading strategies
Reading activities
Reading worksheet
phonic worksheets
Writing activities
Classroom activities
Phonological awareness activities
Classroom games
Help with home schooling
Help with homework
Books that explain exactly what dyslexia and dyspraxia are.
And much more

My games and programs are suitable for kids and adults with:
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
ADD
ADHD
ADHD
Irlen syndrome
Auditory Processing Difficulties

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