Parents

Hereford & Worcester Dyslexia Association offers FREE support and advice to all parents of children with learning needs

Our Parent Support Groups offer –

  • practical advice and help on ways to support at home
  • useful technology available and support with programs or apps
  • opportunities to discuss realistic expectations of provision in educational environments
  • opportunities to talk in confidence to those with similar experiences or appropriate expertise
  • free events throughout the year, with guest speakers covering a variety of related topics.

Whilst Dyslexia is our primary focus, we will always try to help with any of the related Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as Dyspraxia, (motor skills) Dyscalculia (maths and numbers) or other similar learning needs.


Contact the Support Groups at –

Worcester – Frances Browne

Bromsgrove – Sally Arblaster

Email – seniortutorbromsgrove@hwda.org.uk

Hereford – Bev Drinkwater

Email – seniortutorhereford@hwda.org.uk


PDF Downloads

Click on any of the links below to download a PDF file full of helpful information…

Supporting Spelling »

Ideas to support reading »

Games to play at home to support Literacy Skills »

Alphabet Arc Games »

5 ways to support your child with dyslexia at home »

Useful Features iPad and Word »

Assistive Technology »



List of Resources for Parents and Children

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia

https://www.patoss-dyslexia.org/Tutor-Index-Landing

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-gb/training/modules/dyslexia-technology/dyslexia-spelling-punctuation-grammar

https://www.madebydyslexia.org/learn-dyslexia/

https://www.barringtonstoke.co.uk/dyslexic-reluctant-readers/

https://www.nessy.com/en-gb/science-of-reading

https://www.nessy.com/en-gb/dyslexia-explained

https://www.dyslexia.com/about-dyslexia/dyslexic-achievers/all-achievers/

https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2022/03/16/how-we-help-schools-and-colleges-support-pupils-with-dyslexia/

https://www.thedyslexiashop.co.uk/

https://dyslexiaassociation.org.au/support/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVAYB1ghjac
( BDA webinar ; Empowering potential with Microsoft)

https://www.thesendcast.com/tag/dyslexia/

https://www.sensorydirect.com/
Sensory products based in Worcester

https://keystagefun.co.uk/
Apps to help with spelling, punctuation, maths KS1 – KS2 but may help some KS3

https://www.teachyourmonster.org/ 
Reading and maths apps

https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/about
Clicker and Docs plus

https://www.listening-books.org.uk/
Often free or yearly one off subscription 

https://www.dyspraxia-ed.co.uk/about-dyspraxia/

https://www.hwsendiass.co.uk/
Advice and support for parents struggling with schools etc 

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/ 
IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

https://talking-sense.org/ 
Non profit help with Advocacy for SEND 

https://autismwestmidlands.org.uk/

Local to Worcestershire: North Worcestershire Autism Parent Group (All welcome) Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1899575106945576/?ref=share

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/
Magazine online re SEND across UK

https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/access-arrangements-and-special-consideration
Access Arrangements 

Mental Health
https://www.youngminds.org.uk

https://www.kooth.com/

https://readeasy.org.uk/ 
A charity to help adults learn to read, you can search for closest scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/theory-test/reading-difficulty-disability-or-health-condition
When sitting theory test you can get help, with the option to listen to the question as well as read the question. 
https://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/dyslexia-is-my-superpower/

https://dyslexia-assist.org.uk/for-children/revision/

https://www.dyslexic.com/about-us/   Its a company that sells dyslexia assistive technology. 

Wellbeing and Emotional Support

Parents – Emotionally Based School Avoidance – PDF Download

https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/search/service/wellbeing-and-emotional-support-teams-in-schools-157/

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-health-development/promoting-mental-health-wellbeing#article-top

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.family-action.org.uk/our-voices/2022/02/10/how-to-support-your-childs-mental-health/

https://www.kooth.com/

SEN support in Mainstream Schools – PDF download

Education Health Care Plan – PDF download

https://www.hwsendiass.co.uk/info/24/send-support-ehcps

2022 Worcestershire Dyslexia Pathway – PDF download

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20546/news_updates_and_feedback_send_local_offer/1614/send_improvement_plan

2022 Worcestershire Local Area SEND – PDF download