Hampstead mums launch stationery range to help kids tackle dyslexia
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Two Hampstead mums have created a range of stationery with the aim of changing the lives of children with dyslexia.
Maggie Souter and Sally Ashcroft – both have at least two decades of experience teaching and dyslexic children themselves – launched Handy Spelling earlier this autumn.
Maggie and Sally want to make sure children with the condition have access to simple and subtle ways of helping them in the classroom – and to that end they’ve created stationery to help kids remember important words.
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Maggie, who now lectures in communication design at Central St Martin’s, added: “One of the key things was to make it useful but subtle. The children want it somewhere that’ll give them the confidence they need without making a situation stand out.
“When my kids found out they were dyslexic I knew nothing about it. Lots of the books were so negative except for one called The Gift of Dyslexia, and it’s so important to have that.”
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Maggie said: “We want this to be something that supports dyslexic children to be expressive and creative, and to support parents by giving them something that’ll make a real difference.
Sally emphasised that the pair felt it vital to make sure children’s confidence wasn’t hit by difficulties spelling – and wanted to remind them that creativity and writing went far beyond getting letters in the right order.
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Celebrities including Countdown’s dictionary expert Susie Dent and TV chef Jamie Oliver have endorsed the Handy Spelling range.
Susie Dent tweeted: “I love this stationery, made by a not-for-profit company to help children with dyslexia or spelling struggles, and raise a smile.”
The mums have created a number of downloadable lessons designed to help dyslexic children build confidence – these, along with the stationery range, are available at HandySpelling.com