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Coaching Workshop for Adults with Dyslexia

On Saturday 25th May, DAI will run a new Coaching Workshop for Adults with Dyslexia at our national office in Dublin from 9.30am to 5.00pm.

This day will provide you with an understanding of what dyslexia is, and introduce coaching skills to build resilience and coping strategies to manage your dyslexia on a daily basis. This course is designed for adults who have dyslexia. The course is delivered by Michelle Kinsella, an experienced adult education and coaching facilitator.  The workshop will involve a combination of presentation and group work exercises. Attendees will be provided with the space to share and learn from one another’s experiences. The fee for this pilot workshop is €30 per attendee and pre-booking is essential at

Tea and coffee will be provided but lunch is not included. There are many nearby reasonably-priced cafes where you can get lunch.


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.


Limerick Dyslexia and Me Dates:

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (April 5th, 4.30 pm to 6.30pm) –


Dublin Dyslexia and Me Dates:

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (April 9th , 11am to 1.00pm) –

Dyslexia and Me 9 years old – 12 years old (April 9th, 2.30 pm to 4.30pm) –


Further dates will be added in due course. Venues planned for later in 2019 include Waterford, Mayo, Athlone and Dublin.


Courses for Primary School Teachers 2019

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:


Limerick Teachers Course

The Limerick Course for primary school teachers will run on Friday 5th April and Saturday 6th April. This course runs over two consecutive days.

Book Here: Limerick Teachers Course (April 2019)


Dublin Teachers Course

The next Dublin course will run on Friday 10th May and Saturday 11th May. This course runs over two consecutive days.

Book Here: Dublin Teachers Course (May 2019)


Further dates will be added in due course. Venues planned for later in 2019 include Waterford, Mayo, Athlone and Dublin.


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.

Carlow Parents Course (Saturday 2nd March) 

Limerick Parents Course (Saturday 6th April)

 Dublin Parents’ Course (Saturday April 27th)


Further dates will be added in due course. Venues planned for later in 2019 include Waterford, Mayo, Athlone and Dublin.


Mary A. McKenna Golf Classic in aid of DAI

The 2019 Mary A. McKenna MBE Golf Classic in aid of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) will be held in Donabate Golf Club, on Friday June 7th, 2019.

A 4 person team event @ €200 per team. (Stableford, with two scores to count.) Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and lots more.

This is always a great day, hosted by the wonderful Mary McKenna in beautiful Donabate Golf Club.

All funds raised will be used to support DAI services, including assessment and tuition for people with dyslexia, and our busy information service.

Tee times are available from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Once you have booked, we will contact you to finalise your tee time, or you can email now to get information on available tee times. Please book early to get your preferred time.

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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.