One in every ten children is dyslexic and many more struggle with reading and writing. Early intervention and a structured multi-sensory teaching programme can make all the difference. As a qualified teacher and member of the British Dyslexia Association, I have taught countless children to read and will help your child to become a confident and competent reader as well as helping them find ways to improve their writing and spelling.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Can specialist tuition really make such a difference?

One of the questions I get asked a lot, is how a specialist tutor can help a child. Does specialist support really make a difference? Well, I think it makes a huge difference in so many ways, not just academic as this case study shows how. I've changed the child's name.

Ella was eight when I first met her. Her mum had taken her out of school because Ella had become so anxious. She didn't want to read and found ways to avoid writing. Once a very outgoing child, she had become withdrawn.
We did a screening, identified Ella's difficulties, then started meeting once a week. At first, we didn't do any reading or writing; we just 'played games' – ones Ella turned out to be very good at! I gradually introduced reading and writing into the lessons. 
We worked steadily, at Ella's pace. Because it was just the two of us we didn't have any distractions or constraints. There was no one to tell Ella to hurry up like in the classroom and no other children for her to compare herself to. Her confidence grew and grew.
After a while, Ella felt able to return to school – on the understanding that she could still come to see me one morning a week. Her school used the results of the screening to assist Ella in the classroom and ensure they were meeting her needs.
A year on, her teachers say they have noticed a big improvement. Ella is very  confident and happy, she reads fluently and enjoys writing. There is still more work to do but Ella is on her way to mastering the English language despite all the inconsistencies. Oh, and we still play games and Ella nearly always wins...

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