PSHE KS2: Coping with dyslexia - Sophie's Story

Sophie is a nine year old girl who suffers from dyslexia and struggles with reading and spelling.

She talks about how she feels about the condition and how she finds ways to do things differently.

The youngster has developed interesting ways to identify letters that look similar - she uses touch and feel to help her tell which letter is which.

Sophie talks about the things she enjoys and is good at and how her dyslexia does not affect her whole life but only parts of it.

Friendship is very important and Sophie's friends know her strengths and how to help and support her, building her confidence.

This clip is from the series Same but Different.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used as a prompt to help children to understand difficulties faced by themselves and others.

Watching the clip could lead into discussions about what the children themselves find difficult and the strategies they use to help overcome such difficulties.

They could also identify the things they are good at and this could lead into discussions about how they could support others.

The role of friendship could also be highlighted by looking at the positive way in which Sophie describes how much her friends have helped her to deal with her dyslexia confidently.

It can also be used to help children appreciate the similarities and differences between themselves and others by exploring how we can all use our strengths to support others in areas they find challenging.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.