Many dyslexic children never learn to master analogue time and as a result are not able to create a visual representation of the passage of time. For those on the autistic spectrum, a visual timetable is so important as they hold on to structure and routine for security. Without ‘seeing’ time, the world can become an all too confusing place in which to live.

Aramazu works in several ways: For dyslexia, colour, stories and images aid memory, whilst a logical method that can be easily understood cements the learning of the different tasks of each hand. Students on the autistic spectrum can visually ‘see’ time moving and can use their strong visual memory to understand the passing of time, learning associated language as they progress.

Cheryl Hossle M Ed, AMBDA (APC)   (SEN adviser to Aramazu)

 

SEN Testimonials

“Dear Jamie,
My little boy is 7 and dyslexic and we’ve made several attempts to teach him to tell the time over the last two years (as have his teachers on a weekly basis as a class) as it’s a skill that he’s really wanted to master, but he’d only managed the o’clocks and the rest seemed to completely fox him. I showed him the Aramazu book when he woke up very early on Saturday morning and he instantly liked the illustrations and the mountains appealed to him as being suitably boyish, which meant that he was really receptive to what the book was hoping to convey. I was amazed when only an hour later he was able to tell me any time that I turned to, including the more difficult ones (like 23 minutes to 9)…… it was the most wonderful confidence boost for him to be taught something in a way that he could relate to and that made learning easy for once. ….
I had read the book myself on Friday ….and was initially perplexed by what felt like very unconventional methods, as it literally turns time telling on its head…., by the end of the book I was staggered by the utter genius of it – I hope that it goes on to change the way that children are taught in this area at a nationwide level – it certainly deserves to. …. With thanks and very best wishes”
 Florence Knapp (parent and blogger)

‘Hello Jamie, We already have the book and also did the online thing for a bit. My daughter is dyslexic and at 12 has finally learned to tell the time because of Aramazu, so we are thrilled! She had the watch but accidentally wore it in the swimming pool, so we are buying a replacement. Thanks for the speedy response,best wishes” KB

‘We also bought the Learn to Tell the Time Right Now book. My 8yr old son with Aspergers has struggled with the concept of time in the past, but this method is absolute genius and he has picked it up really quickly! Now we just need to translate that to reading “ordinary” clocks. I would definitely recommend it.” RL

“For someone who spends much of his time, both at school and with his sister, as being the one who grasps things so long after others, it was the most wonderful confidence boost for him to be taught something in a way that he could relate to and that made learning easy for once. He couldn’t quite believe it and as soon as we’d ordered the watch he wrote a card to you to say thank you.”FF.

“I have used it to teach telling the time to several of my pupils, who I support individually at a Special School for boys 11 to 16 with language and communication difficulties. It is utterly brilliant. I rarely have to do more than read the book with them, practice one or two examples and they are off. They are able very quickly, as if by magic, to understand the quarters too. And this is with pupils who have ‘failed’ to be able to tell the time all through Primary school and who have difficulties with concepts about time.”
Tina Neate – Teacher