Cookies on Helen Arkell

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Helen Arkell website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Discussing Dyslexia

Discussing Dyslexia Hampshire Libraries

Children with dyslexia face many challenges and they often need extra support – not just in school work, but in all aspects of life. Libraries in and around Basingstoke have brought together five experts to cover a range of topics offering advice and strategies for you and your children.

Bernadette McLean (Principal at Helen Arkell) will be speaking on 26 April at Chineham Library - see details below.

  Download Leaflet

Secondary School: challenges faced by students with dyslexia

At Chineham Library

Thursday 2 March / 6.30pm

Many children moving to secondary school find the demands of homework a struggle – and those affected by dyslexia can find this an almost impossible challenge. In her presentation, Sue McKenna will discuss some strategies and tools to help you and your child with self-organisation and time management skills. She will also be able to give guidance on coping with research tasks, how to organise homework schedules and look at ways to improve memory. 

Sue McKenna, is a Dyslexia Specialist Practitioner at the University of Southampton. She is also a parent of children with dyslexia and is a committee member of Hampshire Dyslexia Association.

Dyslexia and Provision in Schools

At Tadley Library

Wednesday 22 March / 6.30pm

What support might you expect once your child has an assessment to say that they are dyslexic? In her workshop, Julie Wharton will look at the role of the school in supporting your child and what parents/carers can ask of them. 

Julie Wharton, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Winchester, is the programme leader for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination and her research interests include The language of inclusion and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

Assisting those with Dyslexia

At Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Saturday 22 April / 10.30am

With Barry Croniken, Head of Research & Development at Microlink 

Explore how technology could help and support those affected by dyslexia. As well as hints explanations and demonstrations, there will be an opportunity to try out some of these ideas for yourself including software which you can use on your own devices. 

Assessing and Screening for Dyslexia

At Chineham Library

Wednesday 26 April / 6.30pm

What do you do if you think your child is dyslexic?

Bernadette McLean from the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre will be able to give some clarity about what dyslexia is, the difference between screening and assessing and when is a good time to seek advice.

Bernadette McLean is the Principal at Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre

Giving confidence and coping strategies to learners with dyslexia

At Tadley Library

Thursday 11 May / 6.30pm

Children with dyslexia face many challenges and they often need extra support – not just in school work, but in all aspects of life.  Julia Rowlandson will provide an insight on how to give these children encouragement, confidence and support to make them feel not only better about themselves but more able to face any challenges ahead.

Julia Rowlandson is a SpLD Consultant and trainer.


Tickets £4 each or buy tickets for all 5 talks for £15.

Tickets can be purchased from the participating libraries in person, by telephone: 

Basingstoke (01256 478670) 

Chineham (01256 465643) 

Tadley (01189 814602)

or online at


Chineham Library

Chineham Shopping Centre

Centre Drive



RG24 8BQ

Tadley Library

Mulfords Hill




RG26 3JE

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Festival Place Shopping Centre



RG21 7LS

Website by Dewsign  |  UI Design by Sam Barclay

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1064646) A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales company number 3432423.