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Accomodating children

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Accommodation, also called enabling, occurs when you give in to your child’s anxiety rather than letting your child tolerate some discomfort and learn to use coping tools.Accommodation is commonplace in families of children with anxiety. For example, when you are trying to make it on time to soccer practice and all that stands in your way is a simple promise to stay and watch, rather than drop off and go.

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Details are on the BDA website or you can telephone Paul Brackley on 01.The BDA is also running a programme of Practical Solutions for Dyslexia giving parents the practical tools they need to support their child at home.There is no cure for dyslexia but coping strategies, which will enable your child to overcome their difficulties, can be taught.Sadly, the situation in our schools today is that a child will be at least two years behind in their reading before any interventions.There are, of course, exceptions to this rule and some schools are very good at recognising dyslexic children and giving them appropriate support. And that is why we have one in five children leaving primary school who cannot read or write.Once implemented, their effectiveness should be assessed on an ongoing basis and revised as needed.

To meet the specific needs of a child, changes may need to be made in one or more of the following instructional conditions – remember, when the child can participate in an activity as it is, no changes need to be made: Reprinted with permission from "Accommodating All Children in the Early Childhood Classroom," Copyright 2002, Circle of Inclusion Project, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (

Encourage teachers to positively correct the child’s work (and them) when they have done something wrong.

This keeps the child’s self-esteem in tact and ensures that they remain positive and motivated about their school work and school environment.

Leaving primary school without these vital skills can make the transition into senior school really traumatic.

It is during this time that a child may begin to become anti-social and their behaviour deteriorates rapidly.

Family Routine: As seen on the Supernanny show, setting up a Family Routine may help your family use time more effectively.