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Are you considering a Dyslexia Assessment for your child? You may have noticed difficulties in your child, or, possibly 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?
An assessment can give you a solid understanding of their strengths and challenges, where these difficulties originate from and how they can use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses.
An assessment will also provide practical advice and guidance for home, school and tuition. We also ensure that recommendations for exam adjustments are included so that your child is not disadvantaged when showing their understanding of a subject.
There is no, one set, of signs or symptoms for dyslexia in kids and young people. You may have heard of the “spiky profile” of dyslexia in children, it simply means that they have a set of strengths along with weaknesses in other areas.
These spikes can be found in many different areas, such as spelling, reading, writing, numbers to name a few.Learn more about the 'signs'
Advice and Support just for your child.
We know that discovering your child is struggling for any reason is difficult and scary and there is so much information out there it is hard to know where to start.
We have set up our advice sessions based on past requests and seeing a need for practical, straightforward, and honest advice.
Our services is based on giving you the tools and direction to help with any learning difficulty or even if your child is just struggling at school.
We have experience in dealing with schools, CHAMS, Doctors and other services that you may need to get advice from. We will guide and support you and your child, help you to understand the possible causes for their difficulties, your options and provide a clear plan of action to support your child get the help they need and achieve their full potential.
Our advice sessions are conducted in 30 and 60 minute slots and you can book a free initial 15 minute sessions to make sure it is right for you.
We will follow up calls or the video chat with an email and recommendations or resources. We can also write letters to schools etc if needed (additional costs apply).
We can advise and recommend different arrangements your child may need for sitting exams – depending on their age and the exams they are sitting, this is normally done through the school for GCSEs and A-Levels and the JCQ via a Form 8 application. If your school is not able to do this then we can complete it in partnership with the school to ensure the arrangements are accepted by the exam board.
An dyslexia assessment for a child will tell you the causes but it won’t help improve your child’s learning. That is where specialist tuition and strategies come in to play. We offer specialist one to one support for children, young people and teenagers to help support their confidence and learning. Every session is unique to the person in question and will use different learning techniques to help your child learn and remember the information.
We can help with:
Assistive Technology Use
Writing and reading skills
Teaching them to think about how they learn – this has been shown to be one of the most important ways to improve performance in children of any age.
Our tutors are:
Qualified and have the knowledge and skills to support dyslexia learners.
Hold professional membership of a recognised organisation such as the BDA, PATOSS or ADSHE.
Have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and insurance.
Will work with and take recommendations from a qualified professional assessor.
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Support and individual contact to ensure your needs are met
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Once your child is in school, dyslexia signs and symptoms are more likely to be seen by parents, teachers and other family members.
Reading well below the expected level for age
Problems processing and understanding what they hear
Needing time to find the right word or forming answers to questions
Problems remembering the sequence, such as the alphabet, days of the week and months of the years
Difficulty with similarities and differences of sound related to letters and words
Trouble sounding out the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word
Difficulty spelling, including unusual spellings of simple words
Needing longer to process and completing tasks that involve reading or writing
Avoiding activities that involve reading
Reversing letters such as b,d,p,f
Difficult to read and slow handwriting
Forgets verbal instructions
Much stronger verbal skills than written
We class this as anyone under 16 years old for our assessments as the process changes for people aged 16 and upwards.
Dyslexia signs in teenagers and young people are similar to those in children but they will likely have developed their own strategies to cope and to reduce problems they face with their Dyslexia. You are likely to see them needing extra time to complete work and problems increase as they study for exams or complete more in-depth research and writing.
PDC can also provide screening, advice and tuition services for other needs such as Dyspraxia, ADHD and Autism.
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 entire range.
Book a FREE 15 minute consultation here, PDC will provide you with the best possible support and direction for your query
Alternatively, PDC offer a choice of 30m or 1hour consultations, these can be delivered via video meeting and can provide you with ongoing consultation or tuition or simply provide you with the road map you require.
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 directlyContact Us
If you think you child has dyslexia, you may be concerned about how they will progress in life, however, it is so important to highlight there is nothing wrong with your child.
In fact, they have a unique perspective on problem solving, thinking and the world around them. The sooner your child is diagnosed the better, delaying a diagnosis and intervention work will mean they are more likely to experience problems in their academic, mental, and emotional development. The longer it is left, the harder intervention will become.
Many of the schools we work with are fantastic at putting intervention and support into place for children with difficulties. You should speak to your class teacher, the SENCO and possible the leadership team to discuss your concerns. Our screening questionnaire can help here. You should be asking about the type of support they are already receiving, what else can be done and future support. Obtaining an assessment will help ensure support is targeted and can focus on the right issues with an action and learning plan. Speak to your school regularly to look at progress and if additional support is needed.
Having dyslexia does not automatically mean your child will get extra time or any other reasonable adjustment, but don’t panic! All it means is that they will need an application to the JCQ by the school and a qualified assessor. Each child will be awarded adjustments based on their needs and not of a specific diagnosis. This also means a person without a formal diagnosis but meets the requirements set by the JCQ will be able to get adjustments.
Exams can cause so many worries for parents as well at the child sitting them. Many people think you should be studying continuously. This may work for some people but not for most people!
In fact research into revision techniques found that people who only read or copied notes were unable to recall information, no matter how hard they studied. However, people who developed study skills related to exams and practiced recall development improved their results with less time revising. Our tutors can help you and your child develop a revision plan based around skills specifically related to improving exam performance.
As with many things in life, quality is much better than quantity. We speak to many parents who try to make their children study more to compensate. This is, in most cases counter-productive to your child’s learning. Study should be broken into small, manageable and defined tasks. If your child can manage one long question and then can’t focus on another one straight after, you are better to provide a break of 10 or 15 minutes between each question.
Each question is best supported with a set of smaller tasks such as:
Read the question and identify the topic and instructions
Make notes about what you know
Look up what you don’t
Plan the order of your answer
Write your answer with a beginning, middle and end
Proofread your work
By providing smaller, defined steps, there is less stress on the working memory, comprehension, and processing speed. By completing each step the child has a sense of accomplishment.
There are so many amazing, free and easy to use technological tools that anyone can use but are especially important at removing barriers for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
What is important to remember is that just giving your child a computer, speech to text program or brainstorming app will not fix their issues. They need to know how to break work down and how to research and plan an answer. That is why study skills strategies are so important.