SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA 

 

"Hi Katrina, 
I can't thank you enough for the presentation you shared with L xxx School on yesterday. The general talk afterwards was that the experience was "brilliant," and staff are asking for extra classroom resources. The "lazy" adjective has been buried, I hope, for a while anyway!" G , Senco, Hampshire 
 
NEW- One day training course in Dyslexia Awareness - suitable for parents /teachers/teaching assistants/SENCo's.  
Extra date added - March 22nd and May 25th 2018 in London, Victoria. Early Bird price - £135 to include lunch and refreshments. £150 from February 18th. For more information please go to the Contact Us page. Spaces will be limited.  
Special Offer - this course is Half Price for parents- £67.50!  
 
 
It is estimated that 1 in 10 people are dyslexic. Dyslexia can affect the way people learn, and it’s different for everyone. It is not just about reading and spelling, and it is not an indication of low intelligence. Unidentified, dyslexia can result in low self esteem, high stress, behavioural problems, and low achievement. With the right support, children and adults with dyslexia can achieve as much as anyone else (if not more!). We should all be Positive about Dyslexia. 

What we can do to help you. 

Positive Dyslexia was set up in order to raise awareness of dyslexia and co-occuring difficulties and support the needs of both Adults and Children. We can also help employers, schools and parents. 
Katrina Cochrane, has spent nearly 25 years in education - 18 years as a a Dyslexia Specialist. She spent 14 years with Dyslexia Action as Principal and Southern Regional Manager and 4 with the British Dyslexia Association as Head of Education and Policy. She has during that time worked as a Diagnostic Assessor and Trainer as well as a tutor for teachers on the Dyslexia Action PostGraduate Diploma course. (Dyslexia). She has co-written two books on Dyslexia and presented many training sessions and webinars.  
Fully DBS checked 
Holds Professional Indemnity insurance 
Member of BDA Accreditation Board 
SASC ( Member of the Standards of Assessment SpLD Committee) 

We offer bespoke consultancy, training and assessments 

Positive Dyslexia can offer bespoke consultancy, training and assessments for both children and adults. We have worked with companies such as Major Banks, Police and Armed Forces, Legal Firms and Schools. 
"The report was fantastic! 
The school have already implemented your recommendations and are getting somebody in from outside to do a classroom assessment with E. 
The teachers are very impressed with the detail of the report ." SS Parent 
 
"Brilliantly delivered, very engaging and useful", "Good mix of practical activity and discussion during presentation", "Very well presented" Hever Primary School, Kent 
 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT DYSLEXIA? 

Signs of Dyslexia 
 
Although the best age to diagnose dyslexia is around 7 years of age, the signs of dyslexia can be quite noticeable much earlier . Questions to ask are; 
 
Is there dyslexia in the family?  
Was the birth at full term?  
Were the normal developmental milestones reached? Walking /riding a bike etc. 
Were nursery rhymes picked up easily? 
Can your child sequence the alphabet, know the days of the week /days of the month in order? 
Any letter reversals e.g. b’s and d’s or numbers 6 and 9? 
Any difficulties remembering verbal instructions -particularly if there are more than one? 
Is your child disorganised and/or have difficulty telling the time or understanding the concept of time? 
Any problems learning the times tables? 
 
If you have answered Yes to most of these questions further investigation would be prudent. Don’t forget to discount any other difficulties first e.g. check hearing and eyesight. Always ask your child if the print is moving around on the page as this could be indicative of Irlen Syndrome. This should be checked out by an Optometrist ( not a high street Optician). Not hearing the pure sounds of letters can be affected by a history of ear infections or grommets being fitted so do bear that in mind also. 
 
Children can be tested earlier than 7 ( and of course later) and Positive Dyslexia will always give you an honest reason why you should be tested or why a full assessment isn't always necessary. 
 
For adults - many have had the difficulties above and found coping strategies to hide their dyslexia. They may have additional difficulties such as; 
 
Organisation 
Reading at speed 
Writing at speed 
Poor spelling 
Poor self confidence 
 
Adults about to go to University may be eligible for Disabled Students Allowance and a full diagnostic assessment will allow them to access further support such as a laptop, additional resources and extra time in exams. A post 16 report is needed for this even if you had extra time in exams or access arrangements for GCSE. Always see if your University can provide the diagnostic assessment first - they are often cheaper! Go to their Disability Services and check. 
 
For more information about DSA, click here to visit the DSA website  

WHAT HAPPENS IN AN ASSESSMENT? 

Step by Step 
Before the assessment takes place you will be sent a questionnaire which will ask you about you or your child’s specific difficulties e.g. Speech and Language, Maths, National Curriculum levels etc. If you have any previous reports they are sent ahead to the assessor also. 
A full diagnostic assessment can take around 3 hours. For younger children this may take place over a couple of sessions. Breaks are always given. 
 
If you wear glasses or use a coloured overlay bring it with you. 
If you are normally on any (relevant) medication tell the assessor and take it as usual. 
 
A range of tests will then be given - Underlying cognitive ability - Verbal and Non Verbal, Attainment ( Reading , Spelling , Comprehension) and Diagnostic ( Memory, Phonological Awareness. You or your child will do better in some than others and this is to be expected. Some are timed and some are not. 
 
The assessor will try to give some feedback at the end of the session but will return the completed report to you within 15 working days. If an employer has paid for the assessment then they get a Summary Report which removes test scores and the employee gets the full report . This is because it is inappropriate for an employer to know Cognitive Ability scores for example. A follow up session is always offered - this can be in person, on the phone or by Skype. Support is always available even after the assessment. 
 
Recommendations for the school or employer are included. This might be around books /resources, or for adults a Work Place Needs Assessment to see which Assistive Technology might be useful. Access to Work can then be applied for which may pay for these additional resources and some work based coaching. 
 
If you have any questions do fill out the Contact Us page and we will answer them for you by return. If you wish to book an assessment have a look at the bottom of the page on how to do so or go straight to the Booking Form on the Menu section. 
 

How do I book? 

We now have new assessors nationally so we hope to be able to find you a date within the near future. 
 
1. For Training onsite or the London course OR for an Assessment - Fill out the Booking Form below agreeing to our T's and C's and any dates/dietary requirements ( if appropriate). 
2. For post 16 ( DSA and Adult assessments ) fill out the Adult questionnaire and Booking Form , for children under 16 fill out the Child Questionnaire and the Booking Form.  
If you have particular dates or the assessment is urgent please put this down. 
3. We will confirm dates and assessor/trainer on receipt of the Booking Form. 
4. An electronic invoice will be sent separately to you. 
5. If you have a query but don't want to make a Booking yet just fill out the Contact Us form or email katrina@positivedyslexia.co.uk and we will get straight back to you.