Expert strategies explained for parents

How to help your child when they have difficulty with reading and spelling, including dyslexia

Does your child have to put in huge effort when trying to recognise letters and words, remember how to spell or understand what they read? 

Do they avoid reading and writing at home, get easily frustrated doing homework or cry because they find learning so hard?

Do you want to find out how children learn to read and spell, better understand dyslexia, and know what to say and do when supporting your child with their learning at home?

If your answers are YES then this course is perfect for you! And because it's presented in 'bitesize' lessons, you can complete it in a couple of hours, or view in chunks to fit in with your lifestyle. 

I'm looking forward to sharing more from my psychology toolbox with you! Watch the video to find out more about what's included...



Here's what parents and carers say about SEN Bitesize courses

Very Informative

E Chappell

I think this is excellent and found it very informative. Some excellent exercises and strategies, which will really engage children. I also really like the videos of the children in practice - it brings it to life. The piece on dyslexia was of great interest for me as I think my daughter may be dyslexic. It was good to understand much more around this. Thank you.

Highly Recommend

J Thurlow

This really is in bitesize chunks, with visuals, text, and video to help you in whichever way you prefer to learn. There are lots of methods for you to adapt for the child you are helping, depending on their age, need, and interests. It's also really hard to find help with spellings, so it's great that it's on here with reading. Highly recommend this course if you want to help your child at home, and you can download the slides at the end to refer back to.

Excellent, Helpful Information

K Reynard

I highly recommend this Bitesize course to other parents of kids with SEN, struggling with the challenges of engaging their child with learning. Friendly, useful information with practical examples of how to implement learning. Right length of time and you can dip in and out of it if you need to. I watched it twice and will watch the others!!!


H McRory Brockhurst

This is fantastic and so helpful. Simple, easy to understand instructions and ideas. It was interesting and the videos are brilliant!! They show exactly what you mean and how to teach them to your child. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

Very Useful Course

K Rowland

I really enjoyed the course and found it very useful. The approach was easy to follow and understand. The videos were really helpful to watch how you do it. I would definitely recommend this to friends. Thank you.

Excellent Support and Information

J Hill

Highly recommend. This should really be shared with all parents and be an introduction to any school learning done at home, at any time (the beginning of the start of school life, change of school or for general homework, not just the long periods of lockdown home learning). The First Aid to home learning for parents and pupils.

Fascinating Insight

C Hewitt

This is a relaxed, helpful course into how to approach math's with your child/children. I know from experience that this subject is always challenging. Hannah explains what children and parents feel towards maths in a very understandable manner. She removes the complicated jargon, the overwhelming need to always get it right and simplifies it, reminding us that maths is fun. She gives great techniques to use and games to play. Her explanation of Dyscalculia was brilliant. Fascinating insight. Would recommend this course.

Click here to get expert strategies for how to support your child with reading and spelling

How Will This Course Help You?

By the end of the course you will...

  • Understand the psychology behind how children learn to read and spell

  • Know about key thinking processes that your child needs to develop in order to read words, understand text and spell correctly

  • Receive 6 downloadable activity programmes to follow that are based on play, creativity and interaction, making it easier to motivate your child when learning together at home

  • Better understand dyslexia and know the best evidence-based approaches to use when supporting your child

  • Take away my 10 top tips for how to help your child overcome emotional barriers and engage them in learning to read and spell at home

View a sample lesson

Take a look at a video from this course where I bust some myths and explain key facts about dyslexia.

Course curriculum

  1. 2
    • How your child's brain helps them to read

    • The thinking processes your child uses when learning to read

  2. 3
    • Names and Sounds

    • Listening

    • Silly Sounds

    • Rhyming

    • Craft and Hide

    • Spoonerisms

    • Blending Sounds

    • Demo: How to help your child sound out words in a way that reduces memory overload

  3. 4
    • Spot It

    • Tracing

    • Act It Out

    • Memory Games

    • Discuss Together

    • Comic Strip

    • Sound Buttons

  4. 5
    • Reading Comprehension: Connecting the dots

    • The underlying abilities your child needs for understanding what they read

  5. 6
    • I Spy

    • A Word a Day

    • Memory Lane

    • Map an Outing

    • Movie Night

    • The Story Game

    • Demo: The Story Game

    • Be the Author

  6. 7
    • Categories

    • Word Association

    • Demo: Word Association

    • Force and Fiction

    • Connecting Thoughts

    • Time Travel

    • Treasure Hunt

    • Similar Objects

    • Hidden Meaning

    • Nonsense Spotter

  7. 8
    • The typical steps children go through when learning to spell

    • Important skills that will help your child learn to spell

  8. 9
    • Shapes

    • Puzzles

    • Coding

    • Spatial Awareness

    • Real or Pretend

    • Sensory Spelling

    • What's in the Bag?

  9. 10
    • The Room Game

    • Look Cover Write Check

    • Barrier Games

    • Display Every Day

    • Clever Cues

    • Camera in Mind

    • Demo: How to teach your child the Camera in Mind approach for memorising spellings

  10. 11
    • Dyslexia explained and how to recognise it in your child

    • Dyslexia: Myths and facts

    • Dyslexia: Strategies to help your child with learning

  11. 12
    • Resources

  12. 13
    • Top Tip 1: Learn in different places

    • Top Tip 2: Make learning a shared experience

    • Top Tip 3: Encourage learning though play

    • Top Tip 4: Visit your local library

    • Top Tip 5: Start tasks with mindfulness

    • Top Tip 6: Practise little and often

    • Top Tip 7: Lots of praise

    • Top Tip 8: Aim for fluency

    • Top Tip 9: When learning together

    • Top Tip 10: Keep it fun

  13. 14
    • Thank you

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