Advice for Parents
It can be worrying and scary when your child is having difficulty learning to read. Often a child will feel stressed and anxious and may begin to behave badly in reaction to low self esteem.
Our work is backed by 40 years of research into children's reading problems, and we would be pleased to see any child who is struggling at school. However we do not diagnose 'dyslexia', because this has become an imprecise term and it is neither essential or very useful for determining the specific help your child may need. We investigate visual processing difficulties, academic abilities and how these interact to affect learning. Then we explain our findings, offer advice and monitor your child's progress.
If you would like to talk to us about how we can help, please phone 0118 958 5950, send us an email or a message on Facebook.
Frequently asked questions
What are the signs my child might be suffering from visual problems?
What are the signs my child might have dyslexia?
The most obvious sign of dyslexia is slow reading progress. Other signs include visual symptoms, difficulty with learning phonics, poor spelling, memory difficulties and slow processing. Extra teaching may be making only a very small difference.
How can I help my child with reading?
Should I give my child fish oil Omega-3 supplements?
Should I take my child to an optician?
I have been told that dyslexia is not visual. Are coloured filters a placebo?
You have to see to be able to read, so it is ridiculous to disregard the importance of visual processing in reading. There is a considerable amount of research that clearly demonstrates that treating visual symptoms with appropriate coloured filters can often help these children to read.
What should I talk to my child's school/teacher about?
You should make sure you discuss your child's problems with their teacher and the school's special educational needs coordinator (SENCO). Then you should see that the school is following recommendations made by the SENCO, any dyslexia tutor or us.
Why don't you do dyslexia testing?
The definition of dyslexia has becoming increasingly broad and the term dyslexia covers a whole host of difficulties. The term dyslexia now implies a general learning difficulty, which it isn’t.
Diagnosing dyslexia used to involve measuring a person's general IQ/Ability compared with their ability to read and spell. If their general IQ/ability was significantly higher than their ability to read and spell a diagnosis of dyslexia could be given.
Diagnosing dyslexia now involves a wide range of tests and showing significant differences in ability in any of the areas can allow the diagnosis. This means that the tests now identify that there is a problem rather than identifying what it is.
The diagnosis of dyslexia itself does not indicate how a child can be helped and no longer secures any extra assistance in school or additional time in exams.The DRT and most Local Education Authorities believe that the best approach is to determine the individual child’s needs and then make recommendations based on their specific needs.
That’s why we don’t focus on the diagnosis of dyslexia. We focus on identifying the specific problems that are causing the child to experience difficulties with reading and providing solutions, such as coloured filters, omega 3 supplements and alternative teaching methods to counter these problems.