Why choose a Helen Arkell dyslexia assessment?

Why choose a Helen Arkell dyslexia assessment?

There are plenty of reasons to choose a dyslexia assessment from Helen Arkell:

• We have over 50 years of pioneering dyslexia experience.

• The assurance of the highest quality dyslexia assessment; we only employ highly qualified and experienced specialist assessors and educational psychologists. Everyone is required to take Continuing Professional Development courses and workshops to keep their skills up to date.

• Our team of assessors share their experience and knowledge. Each one is peer mentored and supported by Helen Arkell specialist staff.

• We have a variety of options for your dyslexia assessment; where appropriate, you can have an online assessment. If a face-to-face assessment is required, we offer these at a variety of locations across the south of England and the Midlands.

• We can see you quickly! For most assessments, you can be seen as soon as the paperwork is done.

• As well as dyslexia assessments, we offer top-up dyscalculia assessments for primary-age children and non-diagnostic Learning Literacy Assessments for children under eight.

• When we send you an assessment report for your child, we include a personal letter to your child from the assessor, explaining the outcome of the assessment in a way they will understand.

• Helen Arkell is a widely respected name in the world of dyslexia and education. Teachers have confidence in an assessment report’s findings and recommendations.

• You will benefit from a wide range of follow-up services including specialist tuition, parents’ and children’s courses and a range of books and learning resources to help with home study.

If you are unsure whether an assessment is needed for your child, book a specialist parent consultation to discuss the next steps. If you go on to book an assessment, the consultation fee will be deducted from the assessment fee.

We want everyone to be able to access dyslexia support. We offer bursary funding for our dyslexia assessments and some other services to low-income families. We also offer the option to pay for a dyslexia assessment in instalments.

By choosing Helen Arkell, you are helping us to support other children and adults with dyslexia.

Why choose a Helen Arkell Dyslexia Assessment

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By |2024-03-07T12:51:52+00:00February 28th, 2024|Homepage featured, Latest news, Team blog|0 Comments

It’s Box Day for our students!

Box Day is when our Level 5 and Level 7 students bring all their amazing work in to the Centre and have their last get-together before graduation. It’s also an opportunity for a celebration – especially when the sun is shining – and to say some thank yous and congratulations. It’s an important day in our calendar and one we look forward to!

Could this be you next year? If you are interested in the qualifications, they are:

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/SpLDs

and

Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/SpLDs

Our student go on to a great variety of roles including specialist teachers, SENCos, dyslexia assessors.

‘…one of the few courses where I have felt I have really developed as a teacher. Combination of step-by-step teaching methods combined with practical application.’ AG

‘A fabulous course, delivered extremely well by knowledgeable and inspirational tutors.’ SH

By |2023-06-22T13:56:29+01:00June 22nd, 2023|Course news, Homepage featured, Latest news|0 Comments

Three reasons to have a dyslexia assessment as an adult

Many people don’t find out that they have dyslexia until they are adults. Perhaps your schooling is over – quite recently or a long time ago – and you feel it’s too late to worry about whether you are dyslexic.

Here are three reasons why a dyslexia assessment as an adult – at any age at all – can be a good move.

1 You will understand yourself better

Many people with dyslexia are very bright but found school a struggle. This may have had a huge impact on confidence and made them feel they are stupid and affected the choices they made and continue to make.

Having a dyslexia assessment may explain why you found it so difficult to achieve academically. You will discover what your weaknesses are and why you have them, but also where your strengths lie – and how you can use these to overcome those weaknesses. This can be a huge boost to confidence and a relief to understand what has been going on over the years. It can help you forgive yourself if you didn’t achieve what you might have and help you imagine what you could do with the right support.

2 It can have a positive effect on your career

Once you have your dyslexia report, you can approach your employer and ask for reasonable adjustments to your work environment or work processes to help you do your job more easily and effectively. This may be having presentation slides given to you in advance of a meeting, being given verbal rather than written instructions, having notes printed on pale-coloured paper or it might be that some tasks are given to someone else while you take on those that are better suited to your skills. Under the Equality Act 2010, dyslexia is classed as a disability and you have a right to reasonable adjustments being made by your employer.

Employers are now beginning to see that there is huge value in employing workers with dyslexia. People with dyslexia can be incredibly creative in all sorts of ways, including problem solving. They often approach problems and tasks in a different way to those who do not have dyslexia and can be innovative in their solutions. This kind of ‘out of the box’ thinking is hugely valuable to employers.

An assessment can also open the door to support for further training or academic opportunities. What could you achieve?

3 It can help your child with their dyslexia

Dyslexia is often inherited. If you have a child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia, it can be hugely helpful to have any concerns about whether you have dyslexia addressed. You can both be ‘in it together’. It can help you both to help each other, give you both confidence and help you both to find ways to overcome struggles. It can help you discuss your child’s dyslexia at school if you have a better idea why and how they are struggling. You speaking openly, positively and without embarrassment about your dyslexia can help your child do the same, changing how they feel about being dyslexic and ultimately celebrating their strengths.

How can you get an adult dyslexia assessment?

If now is the moment to have a dyslexia assessment, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity offers a range of services for adults, including adult dyslexia assessments.

‘Having spent all my life not knowing why I was experiencing difficulties, and believing I was not intelligent at all, finally having official recognition of my condition is extremely helpful: a lot of things now ‘make sense’… It might sound dramatic, and would definitely have been something I would have been very skeptical about if you had asked me before my diagnosis, but my diagnosis has allowed me to feel validated for being myself.’

Assessed adult, aged 61

‘It helped me understand where my difficulty with memory retention came from and feel more confident because of it.’

Assessed adult

‘… my diagnosis has helped me get the support I need from my university to accomplish my full potential in my studies. I have recommended Helen Arkell to anyone I know struggling with symptoms of dyslexia who may wish to have an assessment.’

Assessed adult

By |2024-02-09T15:31:14+00:00January 27th, 2023|Latest news, Team blog|0 Comments

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