Dr. Susie Nyman is one of those teachers you’d want your children to have. She is very passionate about how students learn differently using multi-sensory learning. When she was a child she noticed she learnt better using textbooks that incorporated cartoon images. When she had her son she noticed he couldn’t remember his spellings when he wrote on blue paper, so she tried different colored paper instead. That’s when her son started to remember his spellings!
In school, where she taught biology she used props such as a giant heart, where students could go and put sticky notes on. These notes were colour-coded to differentiate between the deoxygenated and oxygenated parts. She used auditory learning by singing the keywords to a popular song and sometimes they shaped coloured playdough to identify different parts. Multi-sensory teaching stimulates the brain in many ways and can improve the learning process.
This week, we discover the dyslexia story of Dr. Susie Nyman and her unconventional ways of teaching science. She also shared a lot of tips for students, parents and teachers.
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Links you might want to check:
BDA. (2018, April). Dyslexia Teaching Points: Multi-sensory techniques for science. Retrieved from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIzZzbrlK9c
Oaka. (2018, October). Oaka Books & Dr Susie Nyman ‘What is Multi-sensory Learning?’. Retrieved from You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r5i4c7OLDk
Eastap, L. et al. (2018). Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide – 2nd Edition. British Dyslexia Association. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/shop/books/dyslexia-friendly-schools-good-practice-guide-2nd-edition
Nyman, S. (2019). The Multi-sensory Teaching Toolkit. Chichester: Oaka Books: https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/products/dr-susie-nymans-multi-sensory-teaching-toollkit
Nyman, S. (2020). How to become a Grade Riser. Chichester: Oaka Books: https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/collections/revision-extras/products/how-to-be-a-grade-riser-by-dr-susie-nyman-teacher-must-have
A3 Laminated Exam Task Board
Nyman. S. (2019) The Exam Question Task Board. Chichester: Oaka Books: https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/products/task-board-by-dr-susie-nyman?_pos=1&_sid=cf1663598&_ss=r
Nyman, S (2019). Sensory Support for Dyslexia. Retrieved from The SEN Magazine issue 103: https://issuu.com/senmagazine/docs/sen103
Nyman, S (2020). Five multisensory activities you can do with your child at home. Retrieved from BBCBitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z8fdr2p
Nyman, S (2020). Multi-sensory teaching at home with Dr Susie Nyman. Retrieved from The British Dyslexia Association: https://cdn.bdadyslexia.org.uk/images/BDA-Contact-June-2020V3_interactive.pdf?mtime=20200610133235&focal=none
Nyman, S (2019). Simple ways to boost learning for kids with dyslexia. Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog: https://studyingwithdyslexiablog.co.uk/blog/oakabooks-bambi-gardiner-simple-ways-to-boost-dyslexic-learning-for-kids-with-dr-susie-nyman
Nyman, S (2020). How to get an A* in English. Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog: https://studyingwithdyslexiablog.co.uk/blog/oakabooks-bambi-gardiner-how-to-get-an-a-in-english-dr-susie-nyman-confirmed-for-the-bda-good-practice-in-dyslexia-and-literacy-conference
Nyman, S (2020). The top ten tips for multi-sensory teaching at home. Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog: https://studyingwithdyslexiablog.co.uk/blog/oakabooks-bambi-gardiner-the-top-ten-tips-for-multi-sensory-teaching-at-home-susie-nyman
Nyman, S (2020). Multi-sensory Teaching Strategies with Dr Susie Nyman. SENDcast Special Needs Podcast: https://www.thesendcast.com/multi-sensory-teaching-strategies-with-dr-susie-nyman/
Nyman, S (2020).How to Become a Grade Riser with Dr Susie Nyman. SENDcast Special Needs Podcast: https://www.thesendcast.com/listen-to-the-sendcast/
Nyman, S (2020). A Bird, A Motto, A Legacy – With Dr Susie Nyman. Modern Miss Mason with Leah Boden: https://anchor.fm/modernmissmason/episodes/A-Bird–A-Motto–A-Legacy— With-Dr–Susie-Nyman-em42rs
Conferences and Webinars
I have delivered presentations and webinars for the conferences or organisations below:
- Learning Difference Convention in Australia
- Tes SEN Shows in London and Manchester
- The Dyslexia Show
- Herefordshire SENDCo Conference
- EQR Conference at Richmond College
- National Education Show
- LearnFree Conference
- Mental Health Wellbeing Show
- Scanning Pens
- Succeed with Dyslexia
- Helen Arkell Centre
- Bell House
OCR Examination Board
- OCR Moderator for 20 years
- OCR CPD trainer
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Podcast #103 Dyslexia, confidence and an alter ego who turned into a dynamic character of a novel. Ed Calkins
We have a very special and mind-bending episode this week. It’s all about a man with dyslexia who worked 34 years as a driver for a newspaper company and recently published a book with himself as the main character.
We talked about constantly reinventing yourself, a trait that most dyslexics have. We continuously find ways to change something in ourselves and what we do.