We are Positive about Dyslexia
Are you going to University this Autumn and need a DSA assessment ? Worried about your child's progress at school?
To book an assessment please fill out the Adult or Child Questionnaire . We cover a wide area nationally and can offer a quick turnaround . Our experienced assessors charge £450-495 (fully inclusive).
"I am writing to thank you for yesterday. As I stated , it is not the most comfortable subject for me. And I have spent a large chunk of my life trying to hide or convince myself I didn’t have a care factor for everything to do with (the assessment).
I am very grateful to you for having a lovely and relaxing mannerism. It allowed me to immediately settle and, even without official result, I am feeling a little more relaxed about yesterdays step. I very much appreciated this and so thank you very kindly." M, London
Our National network of Specialists can provide Diagnostic Assessments for children and adults especially those going to University or about to sit formal examinations.
We also offer accredited awareness training for Schools , FE and HE Colleges and Companies. Recent clients include International Banks, Insurance Companies. NHS Trusts and Travel Companies. Read their feedback by clicking the tab above.
Our next training day is on September 2nd at the De Vere Hotel, Windsor- "Meeting the needs of your employees with Dyslexia" for more information or to book now .
Who are Positive Dyslexia?
What we can do to help you.
Positive Dyslexia was set up in 2016 in order to raise awareness of dyslexia and co-occuring difficulties and support the needs of both Adults and Children. We can also help employers, schools and parents.
Katrina Cochrane, has spent nearly 25 years in education - this is her 20th year as a a Dyslexia Specialist. She spent 14 years with Dyslexia Action as Principal and Southern Regional Manager then 4 with the British Dyslexia Association as Head of Education and Policy. She has been a tutor for teachers on the Dyslexia Action PostGraduate Diploma course. (Dyslexia) and has just finished writing the new Level 7 course for specialist teachers for the BDA . Katrina is an Associate Trainer and Assessor for the BDA as well as her own work with Positive Dyslexia. Katrina has co-written two books on Dyslexia and presented many training sessions and webinars and was very proud to receive an award at the last BDA Awards Dinner for going "Above and Beyond".
Fully DBS checked
Holds Professional Indemnity insurance
Member of BDA Accreditation Board
SASC Board Member (Standards of Assessment SpLD Committee)
We offer bespoke consultancy, training and assessments
Positive Dyslexia can offer bespoke consultancy, training and assessments for both children and adults. We have worked with companies such as the major Accounting firms, Banks, the Police and Armed Forces, Legal Firms and Schools.
"It is self evident that for you it is more than just a vocation and parents like me of three dyslexic children striving for equality for al,l you are a lifeline of information , support hope and strength" PD Hampshire
"The report was fantastic!
The school have already implemented your recommendations and are getting somebody in from outside to do a classroom assessment with E.
The teachers are very impressed with the detail of the report ." SS Parent
"Brilliantly delivered, very engaging and useful", "Good mix of practical activity and discussion during presentation", "Very well presented" Hever Primary School, Kent
"Katrina is absolutely amazing with my twin boys. She makes them feel so comfortable and is extremely knowledgeable. She has been such a help to us. As a parent we all know what it is like to want the best for our children. Katrina has given us hope as parents and is always willing to answer any questions (of which there are many). If you want not just expert advice but someone who is helpful and always happy to help use Katrina. She is one in a million and we could not thank her enough."
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT DYSLEXIA?
Signs of Dyslexia
Although the best age to diagnose dyslexia is around 7 years of age, the signs of dyslexia can be quite noticeable much earlier . Questions to ask are;
Is there dyslexia in the family?
Was the birth at full term?
Were the normal developmental milestones reached? Walking /riding a bike etc.
Were nursery rhymes picked up easily?
Can your child sequence the alphabet, know the days of the week /days of the month in order?
Any letter reversals e.g. b’s and d’s or numbers 6 and 9?
Any difficulties remembering verbal instructions -particularly if there are more than one?
Is your child disorganised and/or have difficulty telling the time or understanding the concept of time?
Any problems learning the times tables?
If you have answered Yes to most of these questions further investigation would be prudent. Don’t forget to discount any other difficulties first e.g. check hearing and eyesight. Always ask your child if the print is moving around on the page as this could be indicative of Irlen Syndrome. This should be checked out by an Optometrist ( not a high street Optician). Not hearing the pure sounds of letters can be affected by a history of ear infections or grommets being fitted so do bear that in mind also.
Children can be tested earlier than 7 ( and of course later) and Positive Dyslexia will always give you an honest reason why you should be tested or why a full assessment isn't always necessary.
For adults - many have had the difficulties above and found coping strategies to hide their dyslexia. They may have additional difficulties such as;
Reading at speed
Writing at speed
Poor self confidence
Adults about to go to University may be eligible for Disabled Students Allowance and a full diagnostic assessment will allow them to access further support such as a laptop, additional resources and extra time in exams. A post 16 report is needed for this even if you had extra time in exams or access arrangements for GCSE. Always see if your University can provide the diagnostic assessment first - they are often cheaper! Go to their Disability Services and check.
For more information about DSA, click here to visit the DSA website
WHAT HAPPENS IN AN ASSESSMENT?
Step by Step
Before the assessment takes place you will be sent a questionnaire which will ask you about you or your child’s specific difficulties e.g. Speech and Language, Maths, National Curriculum levels etc. If you have any previous reports they are sent ahead to the assessor also. A school questionnaire will be provided for children . This needs to be filled out prior to the assessment .
A full diagnostic assessment can take around 3 hours. For younger children this may take place over a couple of sessions. Breaks are always given.
If you wear glasses or use a coloured overlay bring it with you.
If you are normally on any (relevant) medication tell the assessor and take it as usual.
A range of tests will then be given - Underlying cognitive ability - Verbal and Non Verbal, Attainment ( Reading , Spelling , Comprehension) and Diagnostic (Memory, Phonological Awareness). You or your child will do better in some than others and this is to be expected. Some are timed and some are not.
The assessor will try to give some feedback at the end of the session but will return the completed report to you within 15 working days. If an employer has paid for the assessment then they get a Summary Report which removes test scores and the employee gets the full report . This is because it is inappropriate for an employer to know Cognitive Ability scores for example. A follow up session is always offered - this can be in person, on the phone or by Skype. Support is always available even after the assessment.
Recommendations for the school or employer are included. This might be around books /resources, or for adults a Work Place Needs Assessment, to see which Assistive Technology might be useful. Access to Work can then be applied for which may pay for these additional resources and some work based coaching.
If you have any questions do fill out the Contact Us page and we will answer them for you by return. If you wish to book an assessment have a look at the bottom of the page on how to do so, or go straight to the Booking Form on the Menu section.
How do I book?
We now have new assessors and trainers nationally so we hope to be able to find you a date within the near future.
1. For Training - Fill out the Booking Form below agreeing to our T's and C's and any requirements ( if appropriate).
2. For Assessment - for post 16 ( DSA and Adult assessments ) fill out the Adult questionnaire a for children under 16 fill out the Child Questionnaire .
If you have particular dates or the assessment is urgent please put this down. Please note that you may not need a post 16 report for DSA if you have a pre 16 one - please check with us.
3. We will confirm dates and assessor/trainer on receipt of the Questionnaires.
4. An electronic invoice will be sent separately to you.
5. If you have a query but don't want to make a Booking yet just fill out the Contact Us form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get straight back to you.