It is now common knowledge that the range of specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and ADD are on the increase.
Do you or does your child suffer with any of these symptoms?
- Persistent difficulties in tying shoelaces, buttons and getting dressed
- Developmental delay in speech and language skills
- Very poor sound symbol correspondence (alphabet skills) letter/number reversals, may flow into numbers too.
- Difficulties with handwriting and fine coordinated activities
- Difficulties with left and right
- Difficulties with reading spelling, memory, attention, verbal instructions
- Difficulties with concentration, attention in class and working memory
- Visual difficulties with words
- Poor comprehension, disorganised at home and school
- Difficulties learning times tables, days of the week, months of the years, sequencing instructions
- Growing lack of confidence and reluctance to do school work
- Continued difficulty with pace of work, instructions and sequencing ideas
- Difficulty with planning and writing essays
- Inadequate reading
- Difficulty with learning a foreign languge
British Dyslexia Association
British Dyslexia Association approved. We are specialists in this area and provide a full screening or assessment service, remediation programmes for specific learning difficulties, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia, for ages five years to adult.
We can remediate, provide strategies, kits and individual programmes to improve cognitive function. These programmes, based on the approved Dyslexia Institute programmes are structured, multi-sensory, for literacy and numeracy, available to all age groups, and tailored to suit each students’ needs.
Educational and psychological screens and tests - cognitive testing, vocabulary and Language, laterality, educational attainments in reading spelling and comprehension, phonological, diagnostic and auditory analysis, decoding, working memory assessment, visual and auditory sequencing information and learning. A twenty page report and recommendations plan.
Before assessing we need to talk with you or the parent about your your child's symptoms.
There are many aspects to dyslexia and these can often co exist alongside other labels such as Autism( difficulties with social interaction stress on the limbic system), dyscalculia ( difficulty with numbers), dyspraxia ( shows in handwriting, spelling and co ordination activities or fine motor control).
After gaining background information both school and medical, we use qualified assessors with assessment practising certificate or an educational psychologist, who will carry out an in depth diagnostic assessment, together with a report that can be used as evidence of a specific learning difficulty.
Visual Stress (related to Dyslexia)
Visual Stress sometimes called Mears-Irlen or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome is the experiencing of unpleasant visual symptoms when reading, especially for prolonged periods.
Research has shown that 15-20% of people suffer visual stress to some extent. They also tend to be hypersensitive to fluorescent lighting and flicker on computer monitors.
- distortions of print
- loss of print clarity
- general vision iritation
Visual stress can also cause sore eyes, headaches, frequent loss of place and impaired comprehension. Some people with Dyslexia may suffer from visual stress and so it is very important that those with Dyslexia are also screened for visual stress.
Irlen was founded and developed by educationalist and psychologist Helen Irlen.It is a type of visual perceptual problem. It is not an optical problem and does not need remediation by an optician. It is a difficulty with how the nervous system encodes and decodes visual information. Academic work and performance, behaviour, attention, ability to sit still and concentration can all be affected.
Distortions caused by the syndrome. Problems include seeing patterns in background, print moving, fading, disappearing, sparking or shimmering.
Some examples of distortions on the printed page caused by Irlen Syndrome
Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?
Self test: If you answer yes to three or more questions you should have a Irlen test
Do you skip words or lines?
Do you reread lines?
Do you lose your place
Do your eyes get sore and/or watery?
Do you get headaches when you read?
Do you prefer to read in dimmer light?
Do fluorescent lights bother you?
Do you dislike glare form car headlights/sun?
Does reading make you tired?
Do you blink or squint?
Do you lose concentration?
Do you use a finger or marker?
Do you find reading becomes harder the longer you read?
Programmes for Autism and co existing conditions
The LISTENING PROGRAMME
A unique auditory-based programme to improve concentration, memory and study.
LTS Movement Programme
An innovative and multi sensory programme of guided movements to increase awareness of proprioception and senses.
The Units of Sound and ALK literacy programmes
DEVELOPED from fifty years of research by the Dyslexia Institute, this programme is suitable for all age ranges and includes some independent Study.
LTS Wordfix literacy
Designed by us and delivered as a bespoke course. Normally as one to one with a specialist trained tutor,over 8-12 months, it can raise levels of literacy for all. This also works well with the listening and the movement programmes.
Touch typing programme
A very important kinaesthetic skill often forgotten about, but done correctly, enhances the student's experience of the keyboard and lowers effort on short term memory, whilst working on spelling and sentences.
*KINESIOLOGY- Your trained and qualified tutor can diagnose and relieve emotional stress for students who have learning difficulties.
Mrs. B. Bromsgrove: Daughter L was experiencing difficulties in reading and spelling .The frustrations from this were put down to attention problems. She was becoming more reluctant to go to school, came home exhausted and in very low mood.
Homework was a nightmare and talented in music, she found sight reading almost impossible. When tested for stress on the nervous system she showed a high rating. Familial incidences of Dyslexia led the parents to LTS and we were able to test for both visual and phonological Dyslexia.
When we placed the correct coloured overlays and L read the text the difference was immediate and the look of sheer relief and pleasure showed us that this was right for her.
“I could not believe the difference in or daughter’s speed and ease of reading, after the frustrations and reluctance to read. She now wears her lenses all the time and looks forward to school.”
Make an appointment with us at our centre or a home or workplace visit if you prefer.
Call now on 07967 223181
Irlen Syndrome is recognised by the Disability Discrimination authority and depending on circumstances, funding may be available for screening
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