Dyslexia and Mental Health with Dr Helen Ross

When was the last time you used a pen? Maybe when completing a form, or writing some Christmas cards, but we certainly don’t have pen pals anymore! Everything outside of school is digital and has been replaced with technology – so why do we still expect children at school to write perfectly with no mistakes?  

Around 10% of the population are dyslexic and it’s a condition that goes beyond difficulties with reading and writing, often leading to profound effects on an individual’s well-being.

In today’s episode, Dr Helen Ross a dyslexia expert and consultant, joins Dale for a lively discussion on the relationship between ‘Dyslexia and Mental Health’. Helen draws upon her personal experience and expertise to emphasise the damaging effects on children and young people of being belittled for their inability to write neatly, spell correctly, or make mistakes in their handwriting. The infamous pen licence can create all-consuming anxiety for some children and young people and the pressure they put on themselves permeates every aspect of their lives!

I hope you have a great last day of term and enjoy your well-deserved break! Don’t forget that new episodes will still be released throughout the Christmas break, so make sure you tune in if you get a chance!

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About Dr Helen Ross

Dr Helen Ross is a fully qualified special needs teacher and former SENCO, working as an independent educational research consultant, specialist assessor and SEND expert.  

Helen is a Trustee of the British Dyslexia Association, Chair of the Wiltshire Dyslexia Association and is on the board of the US, not-for profit National Coalition of Independent Scholars. She has consulted for the British Dyslexia Association, The Committee for Science and Technology (part of the UK Government), and Wiltshire Local Authority. She also works internationally with various third sector and commercial organisations with evaluation, consultancy and resource development.  

Helen’s research explores stakeholder experiences of SEND provision within the mainstream education sector, focussing on the empowerment of those supporting young people, to help them to take ownership of their own learning. She uses her findings from research to inform her own practice and to support other practitioner in their own work, through CPD webinars and live sessions.  

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