Local Groups

Welcome to our South Wales networking page.

South Wales Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) support and networking group is aimed at Cardiff and the surrounding areas. The group is made up of professionals including teachers, ALNCos, assessors, Education Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and support workers. We would also welcome additional members including parents/carers of children who present with or are going through assessment for SpLD and anyone who has a general interest in SpLD.

The group aims to provide an opportunity to adapt and respond to local requirements, offering services such as network meetings, sharing best practices, CPD training events, access to local advice, books and resource library.

The aim of the group is:

  • To provide a forum for members to exchange ideas and information;
  • To encourage links between assessors, teachers, and other professionals working in the field of specific learning difficulties;
  • To promote a fuller understanding of specific learning difficulties.

Interested in joining? Click here to register your interest and we will be in touch.

Events

Inspiring talk with Beth Beamish – 7pm – 9 June 2021

Beth Beamish, author of Dyslexia: Wrestling with an Octopus. 10 Tips to Help Your Child will deliver a session that will cover the characteristics of dyslexia, health and social aspects of dyslexia, learning barriers for those with dyslexia, nurturing talents that come with dyslexia, overlapping specific learning difficulties and health challenges, social effects of dyslexia, the importance of finding strengths and competencies, and the octopus idea.

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You will be emailed the link to the event on 8 June 2021.

BIO

Beth Beamish was in her forties, trying to help Harry, her dyslexic son, to read, when she recognised dyslexia was behind many of her own embarrassing bloopers, such as being unable to spell her mother’s name during a job interview.

Beth has written Dyslexia: Wrestling with an Octopus. 10 Tips to Help Your Child, as a chat between two parents at a school gate. The down-to-earth narrative strives to give parents practical and helpful advice.

Beth likens dyslexia to a huge octopus. The tentacles are the potential areas of dyslexic difficulty: reading, listening, spelling, writing, memory, motor control, spatial awareness, and the frequently overlooked health and social challenges.

Based on academic research (there are eighty plus references) and over a decade of personal experience, Beth shares what has enabled Harry to thrive. Although the book covers heavy topics such as health conditions associated with dyslexia and social issues around abuse and bullying, its tone is upbeat. Beth’s love of creative writing and the inclusion of humorous stories gives the topic a light touch, and talented artist, Sarah Pitts, produced over thirty drawings to illustrate the tips.

Originally from South Shields in the North East of England, Beth has lived in Christchurch, New Zealand, for over twenty years. Beth Beamish is the pen name for an award-winning writer, and this book has received many five-star reviews from both parents and educators.

In her free time, Beth enjoys the outdoors, gardening, painting and working on her historical novel, which is set in Ancient Egypt.

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