Dyslexia is one of a family of Specific Learning Difficulties. Many people who have
dyslexia have strong visual, creative and problem solving skills. Specific Learning
Difficulties affect the way information is learned and processed. They are neurological
(rather than psychological), usually run in families and occur independently of
intelligence. They can have significant impact on education and learning and on the
acquisition of literacy skills.
Dyslexia is a life-long condition which has a substantial effect on an individual’s day to day activities and is classed as a disability under the Equality Act 2010, Whilst the term, Dyslexia usually consists of a number of consistent features, the impact that an individual’s Dyslexia has on their day to day functioning varies depending on their cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Children and young people that have Dyslexia often have difficulty processing and remembering information, they can also have difficulties with visual memory, auditory memory and working memory. This set of difficulties often impacts an individual’s ability to read and spell as it can impede their efforts to learn the shape and formation of letters, words and numbers which impacts on their visual memory. Weaknesses in auditory memory can also result in the development of poor or incorrect phonological decoding skills. This combination of difficulties can result in a child or young person developing inefficient decoding skills which then impacts on the speed and accuracy of their reading.
Not every child that struggles to read or spell has Dyslexia. There are a multitude of reasons why some children may experience more difficulty with literacy acquisition than others. Some simple explanations to rule out first are:
If you have ruled all of the above and yet your child continues to experience difficulty developing age appropriate literacy skills, you might find the following indicators helpful:
Many online tests claim that they “identify” Dyslexia. However, most often these tests give people an indication that they might be experiencing a specific learning difficulty rather than a definitive diagnosis of Dyslexia. As such, if you feel that your child could be experiencing Dyslexia then you might choose to:
If after assessment your child has been identified as having Dyslexia there are a number of interventions which could make a real difference. These should always be bespoke to your child, agreed with their class teacher and school SENCO and kept under review so as to ensure their effectiveness. For further information about the appropriateness of assessment for Dyslexia and or to discuss suitable educational/developmental interventions for your child
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Changing Mind’s Educational Psychologists use a range of assessment techniques, which highlight both individual’s strengths, and possible areas of development. Individual assessments build on strong psychological principles and focus on providing information relating to:
We have highly skilled and experienced educational and child psychologists that support children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs. As such, we can offer assessments, consultations, interventions and continued professional development in the following areas:
Cognition and Learning assessments which look at some/all of the following features:
Speech, language and communication assessments which look at some/all of the following areas:
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Changing Minds – Applied Psychological Services is a specialized applied psychology practice that offers extensive treatment and intervention solutions for developmental issues like:
Assessments which look at some/all of the following areas:
Consultation provides a framework for using different psychological models and theories. It is a problem-solving approach, which acknowledges the different skills and expertise of the professionals and parents/carers involved with the child or family. The aim of the consultation is to help the person seeking help/advice (consultee) to explore possibilities and identify a range of actions that are most appropriate for them.
Educational Psychologists working at Changing Minds use a range of assessment techniques, which highlight both individual’s strengths, and possible areas of development. Individual assessments build on strong psychological principles and focus on providing information relating to:
Psychological based interventions promote the holistic development of the child or young person. Interventions focus on raising attainment, promoting emotional well-being and facilitating social and educational inclusion. Interventions can take place at an individual child, group or systems level. Changing Minds Psychologists can offer advice and support on a wide range of intervention strategies such as;
Changing Minds – Psychology Service provides training for parents and parent groups, schools, early years providers and other services and agencies. Training is considered to be a vehicle for change and as such is responsive and tailored to individual need. Training can be offered to respond to different levels of need, from particular learning scenarios to training at an organization or service level. As experienced applied psychologists we are best placed to understand and facilitate the solution to a range of complex and challenging situations experienced by individuals and organizations.