Effective Writing Skills for People with Dyslexia – Training Course Outline
Dyslexia affects at least four to five percent of the British population, meaning that nearly three million of us are affected by it to varying degrees. Like everyone else, though, people with dyslexia need to write emails, reports and other work-related documents. Producing clear, concise, well-structured documents can seem difficult and take longer than it should.
We are experts in helping people to communicate effectively with their colleagues and clients. Although there isn't a cure for dyslexia, there are things you can do to improve your ability to write effectively. This dyslexia writing course offers a range of suggestions and experiences, giving you the chance to see what works for you and hints and tips to take away and apply to your own circumstances.
What you will cover during this course
By the end of the day, you will:
Know how to plan your work more effectively by defining an objective and considering your reader's needs
See the benefits of good layout and structure and practise ways to implement them
Learn how to write for maximum readability and assess what to change to make your writing clearer
Discuss strategies to make it easier to read long or complex documents
Consider some techniques for time management and personal organisation
Look at how to proofread your work more effectively
What our clients say
“Giulia was brilliant, very calm and happy to help each time she was asked a question.”
JM, St Mungo’s
“Love the helpful tips on the mouse map. Giulia was excellent, very easy to get along with & great at explaining things.”
“Overall: Found the course useful - thank you. Proof reading tips were excellent. Training booklet will be used to refer to.”
How we deliver the Effective Writing Skills for People with Dyslexia course
It is available as a one-day private tutor-led course at your premises. It is suitable for a maximum of eight delegates at a time.
Private courses at your premises
We adopt a flexible approach so that even our standard courses are tailored to your needs. Our trainers are all professional writers as well as experienced trainers. They use their judgment on the day to adjust the content and pace of the course so that delegates get the training that is right for them. This is done by:
Discussing your requirements with you before the course
Assessing the pre-course questionnaires
Discussing with the delegates at the start of the course their objectives and outcomes
Checking throughout the day that objectives are being met.
What's the purpose of business writing? Why does it differ from other forms of writing?
How to plan, and devise a clear objective for your emails and reports
2. Focus on your reader
When you book we send you a questionnaire which we ask you to return to us before you attend the course. This enables our Trainers to assess your needs in advance.
Do you know who you're writing for?
What will they want out of your email or report? The first step to making sure you deliver!
Key questions to ask about your readers
How do you satisfy a mixed readership with multiple requirements?
Considering your readers’ feelings: A look at what makes good email etiquette
3. Create a clear structure
Deciding what information is relevant - the payoff for having a clear objective
Deciding the level of detail to include is easier when you've analysed your audience
Getting to the point and supporting it with enough context
Your subject is the key to getting your email read - learn some techniques from journalists on writing compelling subject lines
Structuring longer documents - grouping and sequencing information
4. Writing your document
Eight principles for effective business writing
Adapting your style to your reader and to your company standards
Word™ tools that can help you
Ensuring your layout helps key information to stand out
How to write headings that grab attention
5. Reading paper documents
Using coloured overlays
Scanning the document quickly before you get into it – things to look for
Getting your computer to read it to you
6. Staying on top of things
To do lists
Setting goals that are realistic and achievable
7. Checking your work
How to write clear sentences
Common mistakes to avoid
A top-down approach to improving text - edit like a reader
Making your text flow - effective transitions from one idea to another
Improving the layout - highlighting key points
Proofreading your work - tips to help you see what’s really there
Is what you've written clear and understandable? How to recognise when it isn't and what to do about it
The workbook includes the following useful reference information. We can discuss it as part of the workshop session, or delegates can use it as a resource after the course.
1. Things you didn't know about spelling
Five principles to help you understand why words are spelt the way they are
Knowing these helps you see patterns in letter usage and to predict how words are likely to be spelt
The history of words and the languages they came from
The meanings of words and their parts
Single letters, letter combinations and the sounds they make
How the position of a sound in a word affects its spelling
A few established conventions and patterns
The truly irregular words that seem to come up all the time
2. How's your handwriting?
What causes handwriting to be tiring or illegible?
Yes, you can blame your tools! What's the best writing implement for you?
Exercises to keep your hands limber
Exercises to help you write more legibly
Taking meeting notes - do you need to write down every word?
3. Aren’t computers meant to make our lives easier?
Getting the best out of Microsoft Word™
Can you trust the spell checker?
What on earth is the grammar checker trying to tell you?
Making custom dictionaries, exclude dictionaries and the thesaurus work for you.
Shortcut control keys
We provide tried and tested exercises so you can practise the learning points in the course
5. Commonly confused words
A handy table of the words that the spell checker can miss because they are real words - the difference between affect and effect, there, they're and their, weather, whether and wether: yes, the last one is a real word too!