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Dec 18 2013
The Addacus office will be shut over the Christmas period from 5pm on Thursday 19th December until 9am on Tuesday 7th January. However, we will be able to pick up emails and messages from the website and will respond as soon as we can.
Merry Christmas from Celia and the Beat Dyscalculia team at Addacus.
Nov 28 2012
Addacus Launches Training for Beat Dyscalculia Pack 3
We are pleased to announce that we have recently added training for Beat Dyscalculia Pack 3 (covering dealing with bigger numbers, fractions, money, decimals, time and times tables) to our range of Beat Dyscalculia training courses.
Beat Dyscalculia creator, Celia Stone said, ‘We’ve been offering training on packs 1 and 2 for a while, but due to growing demand we’re now also offering training for pack 3. As a result, we are now going into schools and training all the staff on each of the 3 packs. Schools in Warrington in Cheshire, Brighouse in West Yorkshire and Newcastle in Tyne and Wear have all recently completed the full course. We’re also finding that more and more secondary schools are inviting us in to help them work with Year 7 students who are below the expected level in numeracy and are struggling with the transition from primary to high school.’
Each course is delivered by Celia and lasts approximately half a day. They cover all the topics, resources and activities for that pack and are suitable for all SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants and parents who are interested in:
- learning more about specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia they can affect how a child learns in numeracy
- working one to one or in small groups with children who are struggling in numeracy
- finding out how to use and get the most out of the Beat Dyscalculia resources
- discovering new ideas and ways of teaching numeracy
Each half day course costs £500 + VAT for 10+ attendees (or £50 + VAT per person for less than 10 attendees).
For further information about what’s included in each pack see How To Buy
To find out about our Pupil Premium Special Offers which include a package of packs plus training at a special offer price, click here.
To enquire about and book training, please call us on 01943 871902 or email email@example.com
Nov 27 2012
We’re currently busy promoting our Pupil Premium Special Offer which offers schools a great value package of Beat Dyscalculia packs and training, proven results, and an easy way to verify how the money is being spent in order help poorer pupils.
We’re emailing this offer out to primary schools who we think might be interested, but the details are below if you haven’t received one.
The current offer extended to April 2013, and you can find out more or order your package by calling us on 01943 871 902, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting PPOFFER.
Apr 4 2012
Celia Stone, co-author of Beat Dyslexia, talks about her new work with children with numeracy problems in Cornwall on Monday.
Celia Stone, co-author of best-selling multi-sensory literacy programme Beat Dyslexia has been invited to run a workshop at a conference organised by Cornwall Dyslexia Association and Cornwall Council. She will be talking about her experiences as a teacher with over 35 years’ experience of working with children with special education needs, and about her new initiative, Beat Dyscalculia, for children who are struggling with maths. The multi-sensory programme includes songs, stories, shapes and colours and a counting machine called an Addacus that Celia has invented.
The conference, entitled ‘Meeting The Needs of Young People with Dyscalculia’ aims to highlight the issues that children can have when learning maths and numeracy and offer some solutions. It will be held at The Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge on Monday 26th March.
In an average class, at least 1 child will have dyscalculia and around half of dyslexic children will also have problems with maths.
Celia said: “I was inspired to create the programme by a little boy called Oliver who one day came into one of my literacy classes with tears on his eyelashes. I decided not to ask him what was wrong and eventually he sidled up to my desk and said, ‘please miss, what does ‘times’ mean?’ It was then that it struck me that there were many kids out there who were struggling with the language and concepts of maths, and so I set out to do something about it.
“When I started working with dyslexic kids, dyslexia wasn’t something that was widely known about and understood, and that’s the position we’re in with dyscalculia today. This is one of the biggest problems facing schools at the moment: There is so much pressure on schools to improve literacy and numeracy levels and make sure all children get good SATs scores, but until teachers can recognise children with dyscalculia and are able to modify their teaching methods to suit children who learn differently, they’re going to struggle.”
Celia will be speaking alongside world-renowned dyscalculia expert, Professor Brian Butterworth, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College, London, and Patricia Babtie, co-author of ‘The Dyscalculia Assessment’.
Mar 29 2012
This was originally posted on http://inspiringyorkshirewomen.wordpress.com/ for International Women’s Day on March 8th.
Celia Stone is one of the most inspiring, yet unassuming women I’ve ever met. She has changed the lives of both my husband and my daughter, along with thousands of other young people.
She has tackles every challenge that life has throws at her with pragmatism and the question, ‘how can we make a plan?’: From fleeing the threat of violence and unrest in her native Zimbabwe in the 70’s, with her husband, 3 small children, £500 and whatever they could carry; to setting up a specialist dyslexia unit at the Yorkshire school where her husband taught.
She now has more than 35 years’ experience of working with children with special educational needs – including my husband who was thrown out of his local primary school aged 7, because they ‘couldn’t teach him’. With Celia’s help, his dyslexia hasn’t held him back and he has gone on to become a successful entrepreneur, speaker and local businessman. At 18, she screened him for Irlen lenses – coloured glasses which helped him read for the first time. 25 years later she did the same for our daughter.
In the meantime, alongside her full-time role as a wife, mother, and teacher, she set up a regional centre for Irlen lenses in Yorkshire and co-wrote Beat Dyslexia – a best-selling multi-sensory literacy programme that’s used in schools throughout the country. Since retiring from teaching, inspired by a little boy called Oliver who didn’t know what ‘times’ meant, she has created a companion ‘Beat Dyscalculia’ programme for kids who have problems with maths. It includes a counting machine called an Addacus that she has invented and patented!
But she hasn’t got a degree she says………..!
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