The Dyslexia Information Centre was founded in April 1989 in connection with the Gifted Children’s Information Centre. The primary purpose of the Centre is to disseminate advice and information on the subject of specific learning difficulties/dyslexia. The Centre distributes books, leaflets and teaching guides. It also has the services of a full-time consultant educational psychologist who is a specialist in the subject of dyslexia and who can carry out independent diagnostic assessments of individuals who are experiencing the condition.
A highly organised step programme for teaching reading, spelling and handwriting is available at the Centre. The programme can be used at School and in the home.
The Centre has a department for helping left-handed children and adults. It supplies detailed guides on the subject of left-handedness as well as specialised equipment for helping left-handers in writing, cutting and measuring.
The Centre has the services of a senior psychiatric social worker who has legal qualifications and is able to advise and help parents in their negotiations with Schools and local education authorities. In particular help and advice can be arranged for the parents of children who are being assessed under the terms of the 1993 and 1996 Education Acts and the 1994 Code of Practice.
The Centre has a computer unit and can arrange demonstrations of a wide range of computer programs for teaching children and adults with dyslexia. The programs are of top quality and make use of coloured graphics, sound and movement.
Gifted Children’s Information Centre
The Gifted Children’s Information Centre was founded in 1978. It’s principle function is to publish information on the subject of gifted and talented children. The information is essentially practical in nature and is designed for teachers parents and children. Demand for the publications has grown considerably since the Cenre’s foundation and a number of books are now being translated into foreign languages.The Centre has the services of a consultant educational psychologist and can arrange independent psycological assessments for gifted children.
The Centre has the services of a senior psychiatric social worker who has legal qualifications and is able to advise and help parents in their negotiations with Schools and local education authorities. In particular help and advice can be arranged for the parents of children who are being assessed under the terms of the 1981 Education Act.
[boxibt style=”success”]Dyslexia Information Centre
The Gifted Children’s Information Centre
21 Hampton Lane
Tel: 0121 705 4547
Fax: 0121 705 4547[/boxibt]
Director: Dr Peter J Congdon
Dr Peter Congdon is a consultant educational psychologist. He has addressed many international conferences on the subjects of gifted, dyslexic and left-handed children. He is the founder and director of the Gifted Children’s Information Centre at Solihull. Dr Congdon has spent many years studying the development of literacy skill in young children and was awarded his doctorate by London University as a result of research in this area. He has written numerous articles and books on gifted and dyslexic children. He is the author of the new ‘Ant to Zip’ series which is a structured phonic programme for teaching, reading, spelling and handwriting to all children and especially to those with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia.