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Specialist Tuition for Children

Individual Tuition

The Dyslexia Association maintains a list of tutors nationwide who are willing to offer individual tuition. These are trained teachers who have also taken a course in teaching children and adults with dyslexia.  It must be stressed that the Association’s lists are based solely on the educational qualifications of the teachers and are not a warranty in respect of any other matter whatever. The arrangement between student and teacher is a personal one and the Dyslexia Association does not accept liability in relation to this arrangement. In particular, the Association is concerned that parents should be aware that the safety, well-being and happiness of their child should be their first consideration in any arrangements they may enter into with a teacher.

The time, duration, frequency and location of tutorial sessions is agreed between client and teacher. Tutorials are paid for by the client directly to the tutor. The recommended fee for individual tuition is currently €35 (euros) per hour, though charges may vary. Tuition is usually given for one hour per week after school hours. Classes should be paid for in advance and missed classes are charged for unless sufficient notice is given.

Please also read our Guidelines on Individual Tuition for Dyslexia.

DAI Workshops

DAI runs special out-of-school classes, called Workshops, for students with dyslexia in currently 29 locations around the country.  Workshops provide appropriate specialist tuition in a small group setting.  Each session lasts two hours.  There are two terms in the year and the cost of tuition works out at approximately €300-400 per term.  However, each workshop has its own requirements regarding payment of fees.  Reduced rates are available for families on social welfare/low income.

Each student must have an assessment of dyslexia before enrolling and a copy of the assessment report should be made available to the Workshop Coordinator at the time of application.  There are often waiting lists for a place in a Workshop, so it is advisable to get names on the list early. DAI Workshops are only available to current members of our Association.

Workshops are a community activity. They depend on the efforts of a voluntary Parents’ Committee which supports the Workshop.  Parents of children receiving tuition are expected to support their Workshop by becoming involved in committee work, fund-raising, support to new parents, public awareness and lobbying for better services for children with dyslexia.

Some DAI Workshops also run Summer Schools for students with dyslexia, usually in either July or August. These summer classes are similar to Workshops in that they offer small group tutorials in various aspects of literacy. Other activities are also offered, e.g. arts and crafts, drama, computers.

A full list of contact details for all branches nationwide can be found in the Workshops section of this website.

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DAI activities are part-funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019 administered by Pobal), the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and KWETB.