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Outside the Box: Impact Arts Develops a Visual Art Tool Kit for Dyslexic Children

Impact Arts has launched a pioneering new project working with children aged 4 to 12 years who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, in partnership with Glasgow Dyslexia Support Service (GDSS) and funding from Big Lottery’s Investing in Ideas Fund. The ‘Creative Dyslexia’ programme is intended to be the first step in creating a visual art toolkit, an on-line resource accessible in schools across Glasgow for Dyslexic Children.

Impact Arts have delivered an exciting programme through The Young Gallery, Scotland’s first gallery dedicated to celebrating children’s creativity. In Glasgow 1 in 6 children are dyslexia (GDSS Stats) and Impact Arts believe that through engaging children in a creative process their needs will be better supported.

Workshops have focused on building self-confidence, better understanding the impact of Dyslexia within the school environment, identity, learning new creative skills and communication through a range of creative activities such as ‘me maps’, team games, 3D modelling, drawing and painting, collage, printing, colour theory and a design the perfect school challenge.

Young Gallery Flyer

Children with dyslexia could face difficulties with spelling, handwriting, listening, memorising verbal information, organisation, numeracy sequences, phonics and timed tasks. Research even suggests that children ‘with dyslexia whose needs are not effectively addressed at Primary School can lead to (them) suffering from: frustration, stress, shyness, negative thinking, uncertainty, depression and a life?long lack of confidence.’[1]

The Creative Dyslexia programme has generated a collection of artwork created and curated by children with dyslexia, which exhibition launches on the 24th of June. Children who complete the programme will have increased self-belief and confidence, a greater understanding of Dyslexia, a support network of peers and visual exhibition of work that communicates their learning needs to teachers, friends and family.

Natalie McFadyen White, Business Development and Consultation Manager said:

“We developed Creative Dyslexia through monitoring our own environment. As a creative organisation we have a high percentage of employees who are dyslexic, a statistic replicated throughout the creative industries and arts education.

“Further research into the link between creativity and dyslexia also highlighted the importance of early detection amongst children who run the risk of long term negative learning trends if not diagnosed and/or supported effectively within primary school. The visual arts toolkit will be developed on the back of the findings of this programme and we hope, will do just that.”



For more information contact Rob on 0141 575 3001 or


Visit the exhibition 24th-5th July Tuesday- Friday 12pm-5pm, The Young Gallery 112 Sword Street G31 1SF.

Through collaborative working with the Glasgow Dyslexia Centre 45 children aged 4 to 12 years will be offered the opportunity to engage in three 8 week programmes over a 6 month period.

[1]Dr Beverly Steffert, talking at the British Dyslexia Conference in 2011

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