Subtitles on children’s TV boost reading skills

International research has shown that primary school children who watched television with subtitles turned on were more likely to reach the expected standards of reading than those who did not.  (The Times, 27 May 2019)

Broadcasters are now considering whether to make same-language subtitles appear automatically on cartoons and other children’s programmes in the light of research showing that this can have a dramatic impact on literacy.  Parents are already able to turn on subtitles manually but few do so. If broadcasters were to supply them by default parents would still be able to disable them but would have to consciously choose to do so.

The take-away message is to switch on the subtitles if your child is watching any TV channel including Sky, YouTube, Amazon and Netflix.  Any opportunity which familiarises your child with words will help improve literacy skills and you don’t have to wait until your child goes to school, start doing this from a very young age.

See dyslexia differently

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has produced a short video called See dyslexia differently to address misconceptions young people may have about dyslexia.  The animation shows both the real challenges dyslexic children face whilst also acknowledging their strengths and potential.  It can be found here

Dyslexia does not only affect reading and writing but is more to do with information processing.  People with dyslexia may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear, which can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills. Dyslexia can also impact on other areas such as organisational skills.

It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.