1:1 Dyslexia Support
Planned training will be updated on here. If there are no open training courses advertised, please contact me. There may be spaces on cluster schools training days which would help spread the cost for everyone.
Please contact me if you are looking for bespoke training around a specific subject area in relation to dyslexia. I am working with organisations on understanding how music supports the dyslexic brain and have academic colleagues who are currently undertaking interesting research into new areas of interest and so can easily draw on expertise in many areas of dyslexia research in order to put together training in relation to specialist areas dyslexia.
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What is it?
What are we looking for?
Dyslexia and Mental Health
What can we do?
Screening for dyslexia can be done from the age of 5. Research has proven that the earlier it is discovered, the better opportunity a child has for acquiring literacy skills and the less likely it is that mental health issues will develop.
A screener can give the school and the parents an indication of whether dyslexic tendencies may be present and some information about this.
A screener is a good option for younger pupils especially, whilst they are still acquiring social, communication and language skills so that the school and the parents have information to work with before a full diagnostic assessment. The screener will show where a childs particular weaknesses are so that the school can start to put interventions in place.
A screening for dyslexia is NOT an assessment. A screener gives indicators as to whether the child might be dyslexic and also gives a little information about their particular issues. If a child continues to be unresposive to interventions or is not progressing as you would expect from interventions then a Diagnostic Assessment would be advisable. A screener is not a diagnosis, neither is a screener sufficient for evidence for any exam concessions.
A diagnostic assessment is available from the age of 8. A Diagnostic Assessment is the only way that dyslexia can be formally identified. This assessment will also provide a clearer picture of someone's cognitive profile and their strengths and weaknesses and will help to ensure that any support put in place is as effective as possible.
A Diagnostic Assessment can only be conducted by either a registered Educational or occupational Psychologist or someone who has completed a Level 7 Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and who is also registered with either PATOSS, British Dyslexia Association or the Dyslexic Guild as an assessor. They also have to have appropriate insurance and to satisfy the CPD requirements of the registered body each year. I have all the requirements to be able to conduct Diagnostic Assessments and can provide certificates if necessary.
Dyslexia Assessors have strict guidelines to adhere to in diagnosing dyslexia and in the writing of reports. Every three years we have to re-apply for our status and supply sample reports for consideration. This ensures that the standard of diagnosing and reporting is standardised across the country.
Recent changes to education policy means that a Diagnostic Assessment conducted at Primary School which diagnoses Dyslexia is now acceptable evidence in a request for support when the child later, enters University and the workplace. with this is mind, it is vital that if you, rather than the parents request a Diagnostic Assessment, a copy MUST be given to the parents so that the child has the evidence required for their future support.
A Diagnostic Assessment requires background information from parents and some information from the child's SENDCO and class teacher. Once this information is gathered, a face to face assessment will be conducted with the child. This can be done in my classroom in Penrith or in the school setting providing there is a private space with no distractions. A report will take up to two weeks to write up and will be released once payment has been received.
1:1 Dyslexia Support
I can offer 1:1 dyslexia support, either in my classroom or within the school setting. As a Dyslexia Specialist Teacher, the teaching I offer goes beyond reading or spelling interventions. After an initial session of informal literacy, memory and phonological assessments and some background information, I will compile an individualised program for each child. The program is based on their specific needs not only in literacy but also psycho-education, teaching them how to access their memory, how to target particular areas of the brain to enable growth to support literacy and language and about the strengths of being dyslexic.
It is advised that a child has weekly sessions, I review each child after 12 weeks and offer a written report on their progress. I teach children and young people from the age of 5 to 18.
I am available for consultation about dyslexia related issues. I can provide advice and support regarding individual children or classroom support. I can do this face to face or you could book a Skype meeting. In my past role as SENDCO equivalent in the adult education sector I spent a lot of time advising teachers about strategies and answering questions about individual students. My experience as a dyslexia specialist teacher has given me the same experience in the schools sector.
I also experience in advising and supporting adults and teachers with their own dyslexic strategies and issues. A consultation session could be used for this purpose too.