Neurodiversity workshops with expert Fintan O’Regan

Once again, we are are pleased to offer workshops with neurodiversity expert Fintan O’Regan. These will be useful to parents and teachers who have children with:

  • Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
  • Learning, behaviour and socialisation difference


All the courses will be held at The Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Farnham – just a few doors down from our Centre.

About Fintan O’Regan

Fintan was the Head Teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising in issues related to ADHD, ASC, ODD and PDA.

He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, Michigan University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity and is a member of the council of CReSTeD and the Special Educational Needs Consortium.

He has written a number of books and published articles and works as a trainer and consultant both nationally and internationally with regard to supporting schools, children and families with SEND and behaviour issues.

Book today!

By |2024-03-06T15:57:51+00:00March 3rd, 2024|Course news, Latest news|0 Comments

New service – parental coaching for children with anxiety

Children with dyslexia often experience anxiety. For a parent, this can be very stressful. Our new service is a one-to-one, tailored consultation between parents and our professional coaches. These coaches are registered with the Association for Coaching and with the British Psychology Society and they will provide expert support for you to become confident that you can support your child in overcoming anxiety and building self-esteem.

Find out more here.

By |2024-01-02T10:38:09+00:00December 26th, 2023|Homepage featured, Latest news|0 Comments

Research into counselling for young people with dyslexia

Clare Field is a Masters student at the University of Roehampton and she is looking into the effects of counselling and psychotherapy on children who are diagnosed with dyslexia. Are you a young person who fits the criteria and may be able to help Clare? Details are below.

Aim: Study into the experience of counselling and psychotherapy for dyslexic children and young people
“…without asking the client themselves what has been helpful, the research can
only make assumptions as to why an individual may or may not have benefited from
therapy.” (Stamp & Loewenthal, 2008, p.350)

• As a child or young person, did you receive support through counselling and/or psychotherapy?
• Are you diagnosed with dyslexia?
• Would you like the opportunity to talk, explore and share your experiences of counselling and/or psychotherapy you had as a child or young person?

***I am looking for***
● Participants aged 18-24 years
● Diagnosis of dyslexia
● Received counselling/ psychotherapy or play therapy as a child or young person
● Willing to talk about experiences of therapy and dyslexia
● Available to talk over Microsoft teams for a 1-hour interview
If you are interested in taking part in the research, please contact me via email: Clare Field at

By |2022-11-22T16:42:53+00:00November 21st, 2022|Latest news, Research news|0 Comments

Making home learning fun

Note: This article was originally written for use during the Covid lockdowns.

As parents, we sometimes struggle to keep our children entertained in normal circumstances. During the current situation, it can be even more challenging thinking of ways to keep them amused and having to manage this together with school and work commitments can be difficult.

So here are a few suggestions to keep your children both entertained and learning – while having a bit of fun!

Write a postcard to a friend or relative about something they have done, read, watched or baked.

Play a board game like ‘Guess Who’ or ‘Connect 4’ which can support logical and reasoning skills. On a wet day, dust off the Monopoly and see who gets Park Lane!

Keep a diary or get creative using a scrapbook; record events, write, draw and collect items that can be glued in such as pictures from magazines, photos or wrappers.

Take a virtual tour of a gallery, museum or zoo. From the Museum of Modern Art in New York to our very own Natural History Museum there are some great virtual tours for children.

Save up your cardboard and build a play town, farm or shopping centre.

Get creative through painting, drawing, photography, crafting, knitting, sewing, cooking or baking. Expression through creativity can really help with wellbeing.

Make the most of the great outdoors – it’s free! Combine your daily exercise with a mini beast hunt identifying insects or set up a treasure hunt (while safely social distancing).

Do some modelling – not the cat-walk kind; use clay, plastercine/playdough or even cake icing paste to make models of all kinds of items and people, from cars to the dog or granny.

Plant some seeds – beans, lettuce – even try an apple pip. See how they grow – you might have something tasty to eat later in the year.

Play bingo – you could use numbers or you could use items, colours, letters or names.

Make a family tree – talk to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and make a chart of how they are related. You could add dates of birth, pictures etc. Find out about your grandparents’ parents too, if you can.

At the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, we specialise in providing expert support to dyslexic children and their families. We offer 1:1 personalised tuition sessions tailored to your child’s needs. This can include anything from basic literacy skills and improving general organisation to revision techniques. To find out more email

By |2022-12-08T16:01:02+00:00December 8th, 2021|Team blog|0 Comments


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