Hello! We're Sarah and Sarah
In the roles of acting principal and teachers, our eyes were opened up to the lack of support for students with dyslexia outside the special reading school where we were teaching. Parents were left without reading intervention options, in and out of their child's school.
We learned teacher colleges/ universities don't train teachers in how to specifically teach students with dyslexia and programmes on the market do not meet individuals with dyslexia’s needs. They don't teach students in a direct, explicit manner. They are parts and not the whole.
We knew we had to create a comprehensive reading programme that followed the Orton Gillingham approach and use our expertise to teach students with dyslexia how to read. We were so excited when The Reading Academy officially opened its doors in September 2015! We will never forget the queue of parents and children on our first Open Day.
Since we started our first classes, more than 300 children have benefitted from our programme. We have trained more than 30 teachers and have gone from having 2 to 4 successful reading centres in Monkstown, Co Dublin, Greystones, Co Wicklow, Castleisland, Co Kerry and Belmullet, Co Mayo to offering individual and group classes, training, webinars, and tutorials online.
We are looking forward to sharing the next chapter of Our Story with you, so make sure to watch this space!