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About us

Located on the Island of Barbados, the Caribbean Dyslexia Centre offers unique multi-sensory learning techniques, tailored to the needs of a Dyslexic mind. Our approach to learning is based on seeing dyslexia as a different thinking skill-set, not as a disability. This approach empowers our students to reach their full creative potential.

 
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We work tirelessly to find the unique spark that will ignite each student's interest in learning and empower them to realise their full potential.

We provide assessments and tuition for students with dyslexia.

We assist in raising the self-esteem of the dyslexic student through educational and group sessions.

We promote the training of teachers to teach dyslexic students.

We hold regular seminars and workshops.

We educate the general public about dyslexia.

We hold informative sessions for parents and teachers so that they can better understand the difficulties and challenges the children encounter and become aware of the strengths and potential they have.

We invite chartered educational psychologists to visit Barbados regularly.

We house a Resource Reference Library at the Centre.

We partner with organisations that promote a dyslexia-friendly society for all

Dyslexic thinking has many benefits. If identified and supported dyslexics can achieve amazing things.
— Kate Griggs, Founder of 'Made By Dyslexia'

Director's Welcome

"Research has shown us that dyslexics have a different way of processing information which is caused by physical differences or ‘wiring’ of the brain. This can result in challenges affecting traditional learning methods like mental maths, memory and concentration as well as the general approach of how to learn to read, write and spell. But it may also result in a pattern of strengths like critical thinking, storytelling, creativity and communication skills. Each dyslexic faces different challenges, but is also equipped with different strengths. Early identification of both challenges and strengths is key to success to preserve self-esteem and to excel educationally.

Along with my team at the CDC, we aim to ensure that all dyslexic students are identified, inspired and enabled to reach their full potential in their educational environment and beyond.”

Yvonne Spencer

CO-Founder and Director of the Caribbean Dyslexia Centre

 
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About Dyslexia

Having dyslexia doesn't mean you're not bright, it means that you have an alternative way of thinking. Dyslexics view the world very differently from others. You might say they see more. While most people perceive the world linearly, dyslexics see in multiple perspectives. However, this becomes a serious handicap when viewing linear symbols, such as letters or words.

Dyslexia, involving problems with reading, writing, spelling, memory, organization and time management, can affect people of all backgrounds and abilities. As a dyslexic student you have a unique learning style, and understanding this can help you take control and study in a way that is most effective for you.

The Caribbean Dyslexia Centre aims to help Dyslexics tackle these problems with strategies and a multitude of learning tools uniquely suited to their needs.

If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
— Albert Einstein

Recognizing the Dyslexic Student

Has difficulty with spelling and punctuation

Takes longer than others to read

Creates imaginative experiences with words, pictures or other media

Is able to understand and simplify complex ideas

Must reread things more than once to get their meaning

Is able to create completely original artwork from their imagination

Has difficulty getting thoughts on paper

Has problems copying from books and board

Use their imagination to create original work by giving ideas a new spin

Is easily distracted in the classroom

Has difficulties in sequencing e.g. the alphabet, times tables, months of the year

Has an aptitude for using logic to decide on the strength of an argument or where the truth lies

Very good at recognising and understanding how they affect their own behavior and that of others

Has special musical or performing arts talent

Has poor writing skills

Speech and language difficulties

Has an aptitude for interpreting the verbal, physical and emotional reactions of others

Strong technical drawing skills

Very good at interacting with space, senses, physical ideas & new concepts

Poor presentation of work

A vivid imagination