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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.  

Signs of Dyslexia in Kids and Young Adults 

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'

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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). 

Exam access arrangements

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.  

Tuition and Strategy development sessions

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: 
 
Phonics 
Exam Strategies 
Memory 
Spelling 
Assistive Technology Use 
Writing and reading skills 
Developing confidence  
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. 

Assessments

Assessing Dyslexia in Children - Are 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
Or, if you would like more advice or information before you decide you can contact us there is also further information about our

Screening and Assessment services

Signs of Dyslexia 
 in School age Children -

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 

Dyslexia in
 Young People and Teenagers - 

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.  

Some common dyslexia signs and symptoms in teens and young people 

Difficulty reading, especially reading aloud 
Reading and writing take extreme effort from them 
Problem with spelling even after support, especially words such as: too, two and to or their, there and they’re 
Avoiding activities that involve reading, writing or maths 
Mispronouncing names or words, or       problems remembering words 
Needing much longer that others to complete reading and   writing tasks  
Verbally able and articulate but has difficulty getting what they   want to say down on paper  
Missing out key parts of exam or course work questions 
Not finishing exams in time 
Becoming stressed when asked about homework 
Not understanding or remembering what they have read 
Difficulty with inferred meaning in speech and   writing also known as “reading between the lines “ 
Difficulty summarising a story or instructions 
Trouble learning a foreign language 
Difficulty remembering spellings, telephone numbers,   instructions, objects and directions 
Difficulty doing worded math problems and multiplications 

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. 

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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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My child has dyslexia what should I do?    

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.

How do I get help from my child’s school? 

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.

Can my child get extra time in exams because of dyslexia?

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.  

 How can I help my dyslexic child with their exams?  

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.  

How many hours should a dyslexic child spend doing homework?

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.  

Can my dyslexic child learn and do their homework using technology?  

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.  

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