New dyslexia support group to be launched

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A NEW support group is being launched this week to help people with learning difficulties in 1066 Country.

Hastings and East Sussex Dyslexia Association (HESDA) holds its inaugural meeting at Sedlescombe Village Hall on Sunday (October 16), 3pm to 5pm.

There will be two presentations, one about how dyslexia affects children and the other about how the association can help parents and teachers.

The meeting will also feature an explanation by Jane Hawkes, of Parentlink Sussex, of the practical help that Parentlink can give to parents of dyslexic children.

Carol Limpkin, chairman of HESDA, said: “Many children have substantial difficulty in literacy and numeracy acquisition. Many of those children are from very poor backgrounds, perhaps from parents that have literacy problems themselves.

“For parents that cannot afford private, full-time specialist education, there is little choice but to hope their child’s school spots any difficulties and deals with it correctly. Some schools are excellent at early identification and provide timely help for dyslexic children, but there is still an element of chance.

“Dyslexic people are among the most innovative, artistic and creative people in our society, yet they may have a very difficult time at school.”

The cost for Sunday’s meeting is £10 for a family up to four and £5 for individuals.

Details from hastingsandesda@gmail.com