Dyslexia

“It was such a relief to find out I am dyslexic” Mary.

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Enquires: Ruth Gravelle (text/phone) 07919 405 501 – ruth@rightind.life

Assessment

Chartered Educational Psychologists and Specialist Teachers can be recommended to carry out formal dyslexia assessments. Non-diagnostic assessments are also available.

Ruth Gravelle, Specialist Teacher (level 7), is your first point of contact if you are considering booking an assessment or support with one of the specialist associates of rightmind.life.

Dr. Anna McGee,  Chartered Educational Psychologist providing assessments in Chelmsford and London.

Marilyn Smith, Specialist Teacher (level 7) teaching and assessing in Chelmsford and surrounding  area.

Dr. Sue Warnock, Chartered Educational Psychologist providing assessments in Chelmsford, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and the Midlands.

Sarah Culliford, Specialist Teacher (Level 7) teaching and assessing in Southend and Cranham.

Linda Edgell, Specialist Teacher (Level 7) assessing in Suffolk.

Assessment fees:

Diagnostic assessment with an educational psychologist: £520

Diagnostic assessment with a specialist teacher: £450

Literacy and maths skills assessment with a specialist teacher (non-diagnostic): £300

Key Stage 1 screening with a specialist teacher (non-diagnostic): £165

Fees are payable to the assessor in advance.

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Workplace Assessment, Consultation, Coaching & Therapy

Even subtle difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, numbers, short-term memory, sequencing, visual orientation and sometimes speech can cause significant problems in the workplace. The ‘dyslexic’ person has to deal with his or her own frustrations and challenges, as well as other people’s lack of understanding, which often causes anxiety and other unpleasant emotions. They may have developed some unhelpful coping strategies, such as staying late at work  or avoiding certain jobs, and they may experience increased levels of stress. A formal dyslexia assessment, followed by a workplace needs consultation, coaching and therapy if appropriate, helps both the employee and the employer to make necessary changes and move forward in the best ways.

Formal Assessment: It is recommended that employers offer formal assessment for staff who may be dyslexic.

Confidential Workplace Consultation Report: Associates of rightmind.life provide Workplace Consultation Reports. The consultation process involves the completion of a questionnaire, and a workplace consultation with a dyslexia specialist. The specialist will meet with you and your employer separately and then together. We look at your job role and any difficulties you may have within that role due to your learning difference (such as difficulty to proof read and write emails).  As with a dyslexia assessment, this often represents a significant turning point for the ‘dyslexic’ person, to be able to take control over their situation. A report including recommendations for reasonable adjustments is then produced. If you already have a formal assessment (dyslexia/dyspraxia), a workplace consultation report with rightmind.life costs £250.  If you do not have a formal assessment, a workplace consultation report costs £325. There may be some additional expenses if you are located outside Chelmsford.

Workplace Coaching may be one of the recommendations within your workplace consultation report/workplace needs assessment. The specialist coach works with the employee, following report recommendations to enable them to cope more easily with their learning difference at work. Coaching may involve enabling them to use voice recognition software and to develop spelling, writing and memory skills.  Progress is measured by asking the employee and employer target related questions before, during and after the coaching. Coaching can help you; to take control over your situation, recognise and work with your strengths, perceive your learning difference in a positive way, be goal orientated, develop healthy coping skills and implement effective strategies. Coaching sessions cost £50ph, and there may be some additional expenses if you are located outside Chelmsford.

Positive Dyslexia Therapy – New in 2018!

“If you feel ‘bad’ about experiencing this learning difference and would like to change that perception, Positive Dyslexia Therapy can absolutely help.  I consider this therapy programme as almost my life’s work.  I have developed it to help my fellow ‘dyslexics’ clear false beliefs, such as ‘I’m stupid’ or ‘lazy’.  I no longer feel inadequate, ashamed or embarrassed about my learning difference (dyslexia). I used to hold tension in my body associated with those anxious feelings, and now it’s almost clear.  There are no guarantees, but you’re likely to feel heaps better after just one session. If you’re ready for this empowering therapy, please do get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.” Ruth Gravelle.  Therapy costs £65 per session (up to 1.5 hours), and is held at Perception House in central Chelmsford (close to the mainline station – 35 minutes from London,Liverpool Street).

Tuition and Support

1:1 multi-sensory tuition is available with dyslexia specialist teachers. We support children, young people, adults including university students and people at work, assisting you to:

  • Identify personal strengths and find your best ways of learning/working
  • Develop reading, spelling, memory and organisational skills
  • Use technology which supports reading, writing, spelling, memory and organisational skills
  • Make sense of the learning difference experienced
  • Cope more easily at school, home, university, in the workplace and socially.

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    Multi-sensory tuition with rightmind.life

Home schooling support, tuition and consultancy is available.

Tuition and support Fees

A one off appointment costs £50ph

Tuition fees for the term are £45 per hour, payable in advance of the first lesson.

Workplace coaching is usually £50ph. There may be an additional fee for travel.

Cope Well with Dyslexia Therapy (14 years +): £65 a session (up to 1.5 hours)

A Description of Dyslexia

The learning difference known as,“Dyslexia affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling” (Rose, 2009).

Underlying difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed are usually identified. Phonological awareness means awareness of the sound structure in words. Verbal memory means the memory for remembering words. Verbal processing speed means the speed of processing spoken language. These skills influence the development of reading. A person identified with dyslexia usually has underlying difficulties in these areas.

“Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia” (BDA).

Many people cope well with the dyslexic learning difference; others do not. Contemporary society expects us to measure up the same; we are not. Responses to the experience of dyslexia such as learning anxiety, self-denigration of intellect or avoidance behaviour have occurred all too often from primary years of education. Where these types of responses are apparent, the person experiencing dyslexia ‘needs to be able to take control’  over their situation. The sooner the better. Being able to do this involves making some shifts in perception;  to believe in themselves, to become focused and goal orientated. They also need to work hard, develop healthy coping skills and strategies and be in an environment in which they feel comfortable. This is where the support of a dyslexia specialist or therapist can be most valuable.

If you, or your child, have a learning difference such as dyslexia, specialists at rightmind.life can help. Recognition, understanding and a friendly holistic approach to enabling people with learning differences is offered by specialists working in association with rightmind.life.

Recognising and working with your strengths is key.

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Free Advisory Appointments

rightmind.life offers free 30 Minute Advisory Appointments to parents and carers of children where dyslexia is known or suspected. Students over about 10 years old may also like to attend. Adults are welcome to book an advisory appointment for themselves.

The appointment will be with a specialist teacher who offers verbal advice and recommendations within the appointment time. Examples of recommendation could include: talking with the school SENDCo or GP, referral to a specialist optometrist, formal assessment for dyslexia, suggestions to support learning at home, specialist tuition and advice for coping in the workplace.

Advisory appointments are usually held at Perception House, 50b Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JA.

Please email: ruth@rightmind.life , phone/text for 07919 405 501 to request an advisory session with a specialist teacher.

Vision and Dyslexia

Recommended specialist optometrists are:

Professor Bruce Evans: http://www.cmt-optometrists.co.uk based in Shenfield, Essex.

Dr Annette Grounds: http://www.mstcentre.co.uk based in Colchester, Essex.

Working in association with rightmind.life

If you are a teacher, psychologist or therapist interested in working in association with rightmind.life from Perception House, please contact Ruth Gravelle for further information. 

Testimonials

“Ruth has worked with my son who is diagnosed with dyslexia and was a reluctant reader and writer. Since working with Ruth he has blossomed into a learner who is engaged, curious and willing to give reading and writing his best shot. Although he still struggles to get his ideas written down he is much more confident in giving it a go and is able to see the benefits of doing so, which is fantastic to see. Ruth has also worked on improving his memory and recall skills and he is now confident in applying these techniques to all aspects of his learning.

Ruth has provided regular updates and always delivered well planned lessons with a great variety of resources. Ruth’s passion for making learning fun and meaningful has enabled my son to become an independent reader and writer.”

– Becky (Primary Teacher)

“We do the letter arc, reading, spelling, memory games, computer work and drawing. The lessons are fun. Ruth is a very kind and good teacher.”

– Joseph, age 7

“Ruth has helped me to gain confidence and find practical solutions which have made a real difference, especially with coping at work…”

– Jack, Social Worker

“Ruth Gravelle has helped me to overcome aspects of my disability that in the past held me back in my education and employability. The educational support and positive psychological input has helped me in the last 6yrs graduate from two universities, and has given me a positive outlook to living with dyslexia.

I am currently working full-time as a Counsellor at a hospice.”

– Graduate (DSA)

Previous Events

News: Dyslexia Awareness Week

Positive About dyslexia 2017

During dyslexia awareness week 2-8 October 2017 rightmind.life provided an information display in the covered area just outside Chelmsford Central Library.

On 1 October 2017, Chelmsford Community Radio’s LIfe Matters show (104.4fm) discussed dyslexia. Ruth Gravelle interviewed Jared Bates and Marilyn Smith. You can listen to this show again here (link to follow).

We support The British Dyslexia Association theme of “Positive about Dyslexia”

Addressing the Strengths and Challenges of Dyslexia
Wednesday 7th November 2012 – Dyslexia Rooms Talk

Ruth Gravelle from Dyslexia Rooms returned to SNAP to give a talk on addressing the strengths and challenges of dyslexia. The talk included an overview of dyslexia, consideration of perception and the identification of the strengths and challenges, which children and young people with dyslexia face. Ruth offered support and guidance to parents and discussed a variety of strategies, which they can use to try and help their children.

“It has given me as a parent a better understanding of what my daughter is going through.”

“The talk gave me a better understanding of different ways dyslexia affects individuals and how to be more considerate towards their needs.”

“It was helpful in reminding me that there are so many strengths and that I should be focusing on them rather than the weaknesses and challenges.”