August 2017

Date for review:
August 2018


Wyn McCormack

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Dyslexia: How the Guidance Counsellor can support the student with dyslexia


This article looks at how the guidance counsellor can support the student with dyslexia in Irish second level schools. It discusses the different ways dyslexia may affect the student and suggests resources which would help screen for it if a student presents with difficulties. A diagnosis of dyslexia is made through a psycho-educational assessment which is a starting point for planning interventions to support the student. Supports such as Reasonable Accommodations in State Examinations (RACE), Disability Route to Education (DARE) and language exemptions are discussed. The Guidance Counsellor has a key role in helping the student make key decisions such as subject and course choice. These decisions are crucial in helping the student cope and succeed. The article also discusses several dyslexia-friendly whole school policies such as easy-to-read style guide for notes and other documentation, the readability of textbooks, use of assistive technology and study skills advice for parents and students.