Mother sets up free dyslexia workshops

Emma and Elliott
Emma and Elliott

Parents and carers of children with dyslexia are being offered free workshops in Haywards Heath for the first time.

Emma Seymour, 37, of Kennard Lane, Haywards Heath, mother to a 10-year-old boy with dyslexia, is helping to organise six weeks of professionally run workshops to give other people like her support and advice.

Emma said the workshops will be the first physical support service for those looking after people with dyslexia in this area.

She said: “It will be a place where parents can get together and get support from each other.

“It can be a very stressful experience in terms of feeling overwhelmed and thinking ‘I don’t know enough about this and what I can do to help my child’.”

The three hour workshops will be run by The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and held on Saturday mornings throughout September and October at the Haywards Heath Baptist Church in Sussex Road.

They will be funded by the centre and the church.

They will give attendees information on how to help their children with homework, reading, writing, maths and generally provide them with useful advice and support.

Emma is a member of the Haywards Heath Dyslexia Support Group.

She and her son Elliott wrote a guide book to help other families who are living with dyslexia.

The book, which the Middy has featured in the past, was called ‘Understanding Dyslexia’.

Booking is essential for anyone wishing to attend the workshops. To book a place on the course email or call 01444 628294.