Developing Your Dyslexic Students' Self-Esteem

Helping students to understand what dyslexia means to them and how they can use their self-realisation of their strengths and weaknesses to develop effective learning strategies.


Research has demonstrated that 70% of academic success depends upon the belief of the student that they can succeed. The dyslexic student’s constant failure with regard to literacy skills, has been shown to lower their self-esteem. These negative feelings are likely to have long-lasting effects, in the way they manifest themselves, which is likely to be complex, taking the form of vulnerability to stress, feelings of learned helplessness and depression.

Course Description

Simply tackling a learner’s’ literacy difficulties without addressing the emotional consequences of constant literacy failure is only tackling one aspect of the person’s learning. Researchers have demonstrated that once a dyslexic student comes to terms with their dyslexia, they are more likely to be both academically, and emotionally successful learners, as they can take command of their learning.

To empower dyslexic students to succeed in education it has been shown that it is important that educators understand what self-esteem and self-concept are, how to assess the self-esteem of dyslexic learners and finally, to apply effective teaching strategies which enhance the self-esteem and self-concept of their dyslexic learners. Such strategies can be successfully integrated into any literacy or numeracy program, or any teaching or learning situation.

Effective communication has been found to be one of the most important strategies for raising a dyslexic learner’s self-esteem.

An effective form of communication is called Clean Language. Through a series of open-ended questions without any type of presuppositions and by using the words of the learner, an educator will be able to encourage learners to reflect on their learning in such a way that they are highly likely to gain new insights about themselves, which in turn can lead to an improvement in the learning process itself.

The day will:

  • Look at what Self-esteem and self-concept is
  • How it effects the learner with an SpLD
  • Marian Way, an international expert on Clean Language strategies, will demonstrate how educators can help learners to alter their mindset and engage them in developing strategies to take control of their own learning.

Course Outcome

  • Why is motivation vital for academic success for SpLD Learners?
  • What is motivation and self-concept?
  • Identifying and classifying the dyslexic student’s self-esteem
  • Developing practical strategies to develop the dyslexic student's self-esteem in the Classroom


This event is open to anyone working with SpLD students


No prerequisites, in terms of qualifications, or resources are needed


This training course is delivered as a full-day session beginning with coffee, and registration from 9.00am. The presentation starts at 10.00am prompt and closes at 4:15pm. Please note that lunch is provided on all full-day training courses.

Joining Instructions

Joining instructions will be sent by email one week before the event to the email address given by the course booker. However, all the information you need for the day is within this page.

Terms & Conditions

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Shelia Rostill, Conference Administrator


T:   01386 712643

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This course is worth 5 hours CPD