Welcome to Music Dyslexia
My name is Alicia Johnson and I am a specialist teacher and SpLD assessor (specific learning differences) with a strong interest in the relationship between music and how we learn. I have a Masters in Education specialising in language, literacy and dyslexia. I hold AMBDA and a current APC (Assessment Practicing Certificate) through the BDA (British Dyslexia Association). Music Dyslexia was created following my dissertation research at the University of Birmingham, where I started to investigate whether being a musician could influence how dyslexia manifests, both in educational settings and in dyslexia assessments.
I specialise in dyslexia assessment and support for musicians, but you don't have to be a musician to contact me. In my assessments, I use widely held understandings on the vast benefits of music on the mind, and how being a musician might impact on demonstrations of dyslexia. This is something I am very passionate about and continue to research. Keep an eye on the News tab above for up to date information. I can also offer additional assessment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and DCD/dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder).
Is Music Dyslexia right for you?
Have you had music lessons from a young age, and achieved well at school, but experience some challenges with reading and writing? You may have unconsciously developed coping strategies through your musical training.
Is your child demonstrating some specific and unexpected challenges at school? They might be achieving in line with school expectations, but this does not necessarily mean they are achieving their own potential. If they are taking music lessons, they may be developing strategies that aid them in the classroom, which is fantastic! An assessment for SpLDs would enhance their self-awareness and allow them to develop in a mindful way. They might also be eligible for additional time in their school examinations, as well as in their music grades. For example, the ABRSM now allow additional time in the sight reading component of grade examinations.
Music is so good for our minds that it can change the way that dyslexia shows up, particularly in life-long musicians. Here's how I can help you:
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Enquiries welcome from institutions and individuals.
I support schools in raising awareness about dyslexia, ADHD, DCD and autism. I offer a range of bespoke services for schools and colleges including workshops to empower and inspire children with a neurodiversity. Please contact me for more information.
Music Dyslexia proudly working with....
The Royal College of Music.
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