If you feel your child would benefit from an assessment, read on.
I assess children (and often, adults too) from the age of 6½ years.
What happens during an assessment?
The assessment itself is carried out in the calm and pleasant surroundings of the conservatory at my home. I prefer to see children in the mornings if possible because they are less likely to be tired and will therefore be more receptive to revealing their strengths and weaknesses. However exceptions can be made if a morning visit proves difficult to arrange.
Initially, an informal chat with parent/s and child elicits as much background information as possible; this also helps to put the child at ease and establishes an encouraging and unthreatening environment. After this, parents may relax in an adjacent room or return later while their child conducts a series of short tests which together will indicate possible strengths and weaknesses.
Overall, allow a full morning for the assessment if possible. Once a detailed professional diagnostic report is completed this is then forwarded to the parents. I encourage feedback and I am very happy to provide ongoing advice.
What happens if my child is found to be dyslexic?
The assessment report will include suggestions for help both at home and at school. This will emphasise that at home, parents can help their child by using games and brief exercises to help with such as times tables, spelling or telling the time. Dyslexic children often have short attention spans – this not their fault, so the advice is to tap into what they can do and give praise for success.
Suggestions are also given for school-based intervention strategies along with a professional resources list. The school may of course have their own specialists who can provide such strategies. My report will itself be an added resource for them as a firm basis on which to begin any discussions.
If parents decide that their child would benefit from private professional dyslexia tuition (and many do), then if they live locally to me, I am always pleased to discuss making such an arrangement. If they are not local, I can advise on where to look for suitably qualified tutors in their area.
Get In Touch
For dyslexia support covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, Powys and West Midlands, please phone: 01547 540 606