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The specific objective of the proposed project is to develop a cadre of teachers in the lindamood-bell learning processes necessary for reading, spelling, comprehension and math. Through these methodologies teachers can contribute to the early identification of dyslexia, and develop and implement programs designed to maximise a students ability to learn, resulting in the student reintegrating into a regular classroom.
Target group and final beneficiaries
The main target group is 50 early childhood and special needs educators, in urban and rural areas from around the island, in basic, primary, proprietary schools and special needs schools.
The ultimate beneficiaries are children with language-based learning disabilities. There will be an immediate effect on the first group of students, approximately 1500 children with whom these 50 teachers are already interacting. and each year, another 2000 children will benefit from the teachers acquiring this new skill.
Jamaica as a country has the most to benefit, because without identification and effective intervention, the impact of dyslexia can be significant and long lasting not only for the individual, but also for society at large. A 2006 kpmg foundation report, the long-term costs of literacy difficulties, detailed the overall costs to society that result when illiteracy secondary to dyslexia is ignored. they include social costs, unemployment, consequent mental health problems and remedial programs as well as costs incurred due to antisocial behaviour, such as drug abuse, early pregnancy and most significantly of all, criminal justice involvement.
Outline of the activities
There are two main activities of the project – training 50 early childhood and special educators in the lindamood-bell learning processes for working with children with dyslexia, and a follow-up session to look at lessons learned and to create best practices for sharing with key stakeholders.
Duration and results
At the end of the project, we will have trained 50 early childhood and special educators, who will have a greater appreciation for recognising children with dyslexia, and how to facilitate their learning success. these teachers will share their new skills with their colleagues, and children in the schools will benefit from the use of the new and innovative techniques. it should be noted that these skills could also be applied to working with children who do not have dyslexia, but may need additional support to strengthening their reading, spelling, comprehension and math skills. on the completion these lindamood-bell workshop teachers are now qualified to partake in advanced topics through lindamood-bell elearning at a cost of us$39.00 per course. the project is expected to last 5 months, beginning with the initial round of training, april 10-13, 2017, and ending with the dissemination phase setting stage for another round of skills training.