The Red Zebra Group is based in Hove, Sussex, UK. Founded by Sheila Brooks, Red Zebra is trying to improve the experience of those with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia through direct involvement with children, young people, families and schools.
Red Zebra is the friendly face of Sheila’s work as a freelance dyslexia specialist. These web pages will try to provide advice and information on dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. This website is currently being updated.
Sheila gives private tuition after school and numeracy support in a primary school. She has also taken on the role of a Learning Support Tutor with the University of Brighton. The students bring a constant reminder of the range of interests and talents they have, and that issues like dyslexia should not hold anyone back.
A bit of information about dyslexia….
Dyslexia is a ‘brain based difference’ which can affect literacy, mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills. It is NOT related to intelligence, it often runs in families, and you do not ‘grow out of it’. Your brain simply works in a different way from most.
It is vital that dyslexics are taught in the way in which they can learn. Too often, their problem is not recognised and they feel they are stupid. Of course they are not stupid at all – they are probably very intelligent.
Dyslexia can cause problems at school, at work, and in daily life. Yet in the right environment, dyslexics often display many talents with their creative minds! Famous dyslexics include Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Shane Lynch (Boyzone) and Roald Dahl. Shane Lynch has recently learned to read so he can enjoy books with his daughter. It is never too late to get help!
Dyspraxia affects balance and co-ordination, sometimes also speech, social skills and learning. It may improve with maturity, but can make life very miserable for children and young people with the condition; it can seriously affect mental health. If the problem is recognised and identified, sufferers can receive help to minimise their difficulties.