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Dyslexia and Me – Self-Esteem Workshop for Children and Young People

Children with dyslexia often experience anxiety, confusion, and embarrassment when they are diagnosed with dyslexia. These types of feelings often stem from a lack of understanding around what dyslexia is and what it means for the individual child.

This seminar will aim to:

  • Explain dyslexia – what it means and how it affects individuals.
  • Boost self-esteem by concentrating on the positives of dyslexia and their own specific talents.
  • Resilience building
  • Myth busting – many myths exist around dyslexia. We aim to bust these myths in a fun, interactive way that will put their minds at ease.
  • Peer to peer learning – we will discover what our peers think of dyslexia and how they cope with their own dyslexia.

The workshop aims to be interactive, fun and accessible with the use of art and crafts, assistive tech and lots of participatory games.

The workshop will be run by Amy Smyth, Information and Advocacy Coordinator with the DAI. Amy has a background in law and has previously worked for organisations in the area of widening access to education for young people. Amy is herself Dyslexic and relishes the opportunity to raise awareness of Dyslexia. Amy has a specific interest in the issue of a lack of self-confidence in Dyslexic young people and adults.

In addition, these seminars will be supported by an Educational Psychologist, Emma Magee, who will guide the young people through the realities of dyslexia and some useful coping mechanisms.

The following dates can be booked via Eventbrite. These workshops are extremely popular so early booking is strongly recommended. More dates and venues are planned for later in autumn.

Dublin Dyslexia and Me Dates:

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (Nov 1, 11am to 1.30pm) – Book Here – SOLD OUT

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (Nov 1, 3pm to 5.30pm) – Book Here – SOLD OUT

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (Nov 21, 11am to 1.30pm) – Book Here

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (Nov 21, 3pm to 5.30pm) – Book Here

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (Jan 23, 11am to 1.00pm) – Book Here

Dyslexia and Me Secondary School – 1st year to 4th year – (Jan 23, 3pm to 5.00pm) – Book Here


Further dates will be added in due course.

Courses for Primary School Teachers 2018

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland runs Dyslexia Courses for Primary School Teachers. Places on these courses are limited so early application is advisable, and we run these courses several times each year, in different locations, in response to demand.

These courses are offered to qualified primary level teachers who are registered or eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.  The course may be of particular relevance to Learning Support and Resource Teachers.  At the end of the course, teachers will have an understanding of what dyslexia is, how it can be identified and how it can be supported in classrooms and schools.

Courses can be booked online via the links given below:


Letterkenny Teachers’ Course  – September 2018

The Letterkenny Teacher’s Course will commence on Friday 28th September and Saturday 29th September. This course runs over two consecutive days.

Book Here: Letterkenny Teachers Course (September 2018)


Tralee Teachers’ Course – October 2018

The Tralee Teacher’s Course will commence on Friday 12th October and Saturday 13th October. This course runs over two consecutive days.

Book Here: Tralee Teachers Course (October 2018)


Dundalk Teachers’ Course – November 16-17

Book here: Dundalk Teachers Course Nov 2018


Dublin Teachers’ Course – November-December 2018

This Dublin Teacher’s Course will run on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December (i.e. course runs over two consecutive days).

Book Here: Dublin Teachers Course (Nov-Dec 2018)



Parents’ Courses 

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is organising one day courses for parents on dyslexia.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is Dyslexia?
  • Support Strategies – What Parents Can Do
  • Assistive Technology
  • Self-esteem

 There will be a split session on specific supports at primary level and secondary level. The information days aim to:

  • Give parents an overview of dyslexia in the context of the Irish education system
  • Provide parents with the key information they need to act as advocates on behalf of their children
  • Equip parents with some practical strategies they can implement themselves to help their children 

The fee per parent is €60 for DAI members and €85 for non-members. Tea and coffee will be served mid-morning but lunch will not be provided. Pre-booking is essential.

Letterkenny Parents Course (Saturday 29th September) 

Tralee Parents Course (Saturday 13th October)

 Dublin Parents’ Course (Saturday 10th November)

Scanning Pens Autumn Roadshow and Webinars

The C-Pen ExamReader has been approved for use by many leading exam boards including the State Examinations Commission (SEC) in Ireland. The pens allow individuals with reading difficulties to scan text and hear the words read aloud. This then helps them to read and understand the exam questions.
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) in conjunction with Scanning Pens UK are running some seminars and webinars this autumn.
A representative from DAI will speak about dyslexia, the importance of exam accommodations and the benefits of using assistive technology. Jack Churchill, amd Jim Bowen, from Scanning Pens will discuss the key features & benefits of using the C-Pen ExamReader. There will be an opportunity to try out this innovative technology at the in person events.
Events were help in UCC Cork on Sept 18, and in DAI’s national office in Dublin on sept 19.
Webinars held on Sept 14 and on Oct 2.

Library & Community Talks 

The following are some of the information sessions we have planned in the coming months in conjunction with local libraries and community organisations:

Please contact us at if you would like to arrange a talk in your local library or community venue.


Summer Discussion Series for Adults with Dyslexia

We are delighted to announce our summer discussion series on adult dyslexia.  Please click on the links below for more details and to book your place:


AGM – June 25th

DAI’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25th June, 2018, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in our national office in Dublin.

Further details have been issued to our current members, and are also available at



Tablet Tech and Dyslexia Workshops 2018

The aim of this interactive workshop is to equip delegates with knowledge of how tablet technology and apps can be used to the benefit of people with dyslexia. A range of different apps and tablet features will be demonstrated.

Audience: Parents, teachers, children and young people, adults with dyslexia, employers and other professionals.

Venue: Training Suite of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland office, 5th Floor, Block B, Joyce’s Court, Talbot Street, D01 C861.

Future dates will be announced in the coming months.


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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.