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 CH​ILDREN's services

PDC provide all the support required, from assessment through to tuition, to help your child get ahead.

Phoenix Services for Children

Assessments

Assessments for ChildrenAre you considering a Dyslexia Assessment for your child? If you have noticed any of the following difficulties in your child, a dyslexia assessment can help you to understand why they are having difficulties and what you can do to support them: ·         
Difficulties with reading, writing and spelling ·         
Becoming disillusioned with school ·         
Finding school more difficult than their friends ·         
Verbally able and articulate but has difficulty getting what they want to say down on paper ·         
Difficulties with processing information   
 Or, maybe you just have a feeling that something isn’t quite right and your child is struggling or not performing as well as they could be. A diagnostic assessment is the only way to really understand if your child has dyslexia and will give you a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and how they can use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses. 
  What will the assessment be like? The assessment process is actually quite an enjoyable process for children. It consists of a variety of short, multi-sensory tasks including some practical, visual and auditory tasks as well as the necessary reading, writing and spelling. The full assessment takes approx. 3 hours but we allow 4 hours so that children are not rushed - we work at your child’s pace and allow them to take as many breaks as they need to. During the assessment the assessor will endeavour to put the child at ease by discussing their interests and hobbies and where the child perceives themselves to be doing well or needing extra support. 
  What will the assessment tell me? An assessment can help children to discover their strengths and regain their confidence. Children will find out how their underlying ability compares to their peers. Children with dyslexia often start the assessment process believing themselves to be less capable or ‘lower’ than their classmates but are often surprised to find they are, in fact, on a par or even above their peers. At the end of the assessment the assessor will have a good idea of whether your child has dyslexia or not and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Confirming a child’s diagnosis of dyslexia enables parents to better understand their child’s needs. 
  What happens next? The assessor will then take all of the information gathered during both the background screening and the assessment, score the child’s tests and make comparisons between them, before making a final judgement in their full diagnostic report. The report will make personalised recommendations for learning styles, resources and further support options for both the school and the home. Parents can then work in partnership with the school to support their child in overcoming their weaknesses. 
  How to book The first step is to complete our FREE ONLINE SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE here.    

Or, if you would like more advice or information before you decide you can contactus there is also further information about our

Screening and Assessment services
Consultancy
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Other Services

PDC are proud to offer a full range of services for those with needs. 

From assessment and diagnosis through to the tuition and training required to get ahead at school college or work. 

If you would like to see a full range of services offered please visit our 

Full Service Range

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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What is a workplace Needs assessment?

A Workplace Needs Assessment enables us to determine the reasonable adjustments, ongoing support and training required to enable individuals with disabilities or specific learning difficulties do their job to the best of their ability.


A workplace needs assessment is carried out, at your workplace, by a qualified Needs Assessor with specialist knowledge of specific learning disabilities.

The first step is to gather some background information, from both the individual and the employer, to determine if a Workplace Needs Assessment is appropriate. We do this via an online questionnaire.


Workplace Assessment

The assessment will be carried out in the workplace. Our specialist assessor will meet with both the employee and their line-manager to discuss the job role, assess the working environment, the employee’s work tasks, equipment used and current coping mechanisms, discuss in more detail the job role and the challenges it presents to the individual. The assessor will also observe the work environment and will need to see examples of the types of work being undertaken. 

Report and Recommendations

On completion of the workplace assessment, our assessor will compile a report of their findings and will make recommendations for adjustments which the assessor believes will help the employee to improve their effectiveness and fulfil the demands of their job role. These may include equipment, software, one-to-one strategy training for the employee, and awareness training for colleagues and managers.

Further support

Ongoing one-to-one support for employees including assistive technology support and strategy training

Disability awareness training for employees.

Consultancy services for employers and managers.

How do I prove that I have a disability to my employer?

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Do I have to disclose my disability to my new employer?

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How do I know how much of the cost my employer will cover?

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