Techniques to overcome Dyslexia 

If you are struggling with your tasks and, in turn, suffering from anxiety or other related problems, PDC can help you in the process of overcoming Dyslexia. The items below are generally good practice habits for us all, but will help you to maintain a focused and clear approach. There is no one magic bullet for dyslexia and other Specific learning difficulties, however, it is possible to overcome the challenges they pose. 

That is why all PDC work is built around your needs, the following are some ideas that can help you develop your own unique toolbox of strategies.  

The Steps of a full Assessment

1

Free Online Screening

All our assessment forms are available to complete Free of charge online.
They are designed to highlight any difficulties and provide information about you and your life.

2

Consultation & Initial Discussion

Discover more about the process of assessment, the costs and potential outcomes it provides. Receive a tailored plan of action and advice in relation to your online answers and circumstances.

3

Physical Checks

The importance of ensuing your physical health is good is essential and will cover eyesight, hearing, speech and other possible medical issues. 

4

Assessment

The assessment takes around 4 hours to complete and is comprised of tests that look at different areas of learning and development.

5

Reporting Stage

Once the assessment is finished there will be a brief summary and, if possible, you will be given a diagnosis on the day.

6

Post-assessment Feedback

 During your follow up conversation you will have the chance to ask any questions and discuss the recommendations, funding and support that you could apply for. 

Your Questions Answered

We find that we are frequently asked some of the following questions and hope these help - we are always happy to talk or email and if you prefer you can contact us directly

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How can you help me ? 

We specialise in providing advice and guidance from experienced professionals who work with adults with dyslexia and other Specific learning difficulties. You can arrange a free 15-minute consultation with a specialist, which will be an informal opportunity for you to discuss your situation and provide you with advice and suggestions for the future. 

Find out more and arrange a time to meet a specialist for a consultation.

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Can you have mild or severe dyslexia? 

Each person’s dyslexia is unique and therefore their strengths and challenges will also be different. The context and environment will also be distinctive to the individual, meaning everyone's experiences will be different and result in dyslexia presenting as mild or severe. 

Therefore, if a person has a job that supports their strengths, the problems they encounter will more than likely be reduced. 

Early intervention support in literacy and study skills, or strategy development will further help to lessen difficulties. In circumstances where advice was sought early - an adult is likely to present as having mild dyslexia. 

How do I know if I am dyslexic? 

To find out for sure if you have dyslexia you will need to arrange an assessment.

Complete our screening questionnaire and we will be in touch to book a date. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Adults Screening Questionnaire
Can I get help with Job interviews? 

Yes, you can request reasonable adjustments so that you are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. The adjustments will change depending on the type of interview and the assessment criteria/job specifications you are expected to meet.

Types of reasonable adjustments that might be requested:

Cue cards to prompt previous experiences that you may wish to use as examples for competency-based interviews.

Access in advance to any documents that you might need to use during assessments or interviews, including role-play, scenario and case studies. This is to allow you to have extra time to read and plan for the interview.

Written tests – use of a computer, extra time and spell check.

Rest breaks for long interviews with different activities all taking place in the same day e.g. written test, role play, group activity, presentation and interview. Suitable rest breaks between each activity which may be longer than that originally offered. 

What help can I get in the workplace? 

The support you get is based on your needs, but the following help is available:

Workplace job coaching,

Assistive Technology Programs and training

Personalised reasonable adjustments 

Additional support when talking to line managers and colleagues. 


Visit our workplace page for more information on job related situations.

Workplace and Access to Work page
Can I get help for tests and exams at Work? 

Employees are often required to sit tests and professional exams at various stages throughout their careers. You can request reasonable adjustments for tests/exams which reflect your normal way of working. Suggested adjustments will have been made within your diagnostic and/or needs assessment report which you will need to provide to the awarding body - you may have to do yourself or via your Human Resources Department or Training/Development department. The final decision on reasonable adjustments   usually rests with the awarding body but they will need to ensure that you are not placed at a substantial disadvantage to your peers.

You may also find it beneficial to arrange some skill development sessions with a dyslexia specialist. This might include revision strategies and examination techniques.

If you need help or advice about any of the above, please contact us.

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Can I get support at college and University? 

You will need to refer yourself to the disability or dyslexia support department, which is usually located within Student Services. They will be able to offer you advice and support.

If you are at university already you should speak to your disability or dyslexia support department, which is usually located within Student Services. They can offer you advice about support and funding available to you. If you do not have an assessment you can speak to us about getting the evidence you need. If you already have a diagnosis of dyslexia, you will be advised to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

If you have already applied for DSA and have had a needs assessment then your university will advise you how to access support. If you need to arrange your own specialist tutor you will need to follow the advice on your needs assessment report.

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