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"Some training courses I come out of and think ....mmmm- nice lunch......but with this one I am thinking I can do that.....and I can do that....... and I can do that...!" Headteacher Norfolk , March 2018.
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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.
Our new courses can provide information and practical ways to help , we can also assess and give further recommendations for support. Our network of Specialists can provide Diagnostic Assessments wherever you are in the UK.
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 the major Accounting firms, Banks, the 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
"Katrina is absolutely amazing with my twin boys. She makes them feel so comfortable and is extremely knowledgeable. She has been such a help to us. As a parent we all know what it is like to want the best for our children. Katrina has given us hope as parents and is always willing to answer any questions (of which there are many). If you want not just expert advice but someone who is helpful and always happy to help use Katrina. She is one in a million and we could not thank her enough."
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;
Reading at speed
Writing at speed
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get straight back to you.