Special Educational Needs

We have substantial experience in teaching children with various different special educational needs including dyspraxia, children on the autistic spectrum, dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD. Our teaching resources and methods are designed to cater for these different needs since we believe every child deserves a chance to succeed and should be given every opportunity to do so. One of the questions we frequently get asked is “Does my child have dyslexia?” If you have similar concerns about your child then you may find the following information helpful:

Dyslexia

We often get asked if a child has dyslexia. Dyslexia is quite complex and you need a specialist to diagnose this properly. However, we do carry out dyslexia screening. This process simply identifies how likely it is that a child has dyslexia.

If you are concerned about this you can book a screening with us and you will be provided with a printed report which shows the results. We will discuss these with you and advise you as to what to do next.

We have specialist dyslexia programmes at our centre which helps children encountering difficulties with English.

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Dyslexia can vary from person to person but some of the common signs of it are listed below.

  • Seems bright in some ways but unexpectedly struggles in others
  • Other members of the family have similar difficulties
  • Has problems carrying out three instructions in sequence
  • Struggles to learn sequences such as days of the week or the alphabet
  • Is a slow reader or makes unexpected errors when reading aloud
  • Often reads a word, then fails to recognise it further down the page
  • Struggles to remember what has been read
  • Puts letters and numbers the wrong way: for example, 15 for 51, b for d or “was” for “saw”
  • Has poor handwriting and/or struggles to hold the pen/pencil correctly and/or learn cursive writing
  • Spells a word several different ways
  • Appears to have poor concentration
  • Has difficulties understanding time and tense
  • Confuses left and right
  • Can answer questions orally but has difficulties writing the answer down
  • Has trouble learning nursery rhymes or songs
  • Struggles with phonics and learning the letter-to-sound rules
  • Seems to get frustrated or suffers unduly with stress and/or low self-esteem
  • Struggles to copy information down when reading from the board
  • Needs an unexpected amount of support with homework and struggles to get it done on time
  • Is excessively tired after a day at school

Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is concerned with having particular difficulties with maths.

These problems may vary from person to person but some of the signs are listed below.

  • Delay in counting. Five to seven year-old dyscalculic children show less understanding of basic counting principles than their peers (e.g. that it doesn’t matter which order objects are counted in).
  • Delay in using counting strategies for addition. Dyscalculic children tend to keep using inefficient strategies for calculating addition facts much longer than their peers.
  • Difficulties in memorizing arithmetic facts. Dyscalculic children have great difficulty in memorizing simple addition, subtraction and multiplication facts (eg. Pairs of numbers to make 10), and this difficulty persists up to at least the age of thirteen.
  • Lack of “number sense”. Dyscalculic children may have a fundamental difficulty in understanding quantity. They are slower at even very simple quantity tasks such as comparing two numbers (which is bigger, 7 or 9?), and saying how many there are for groups of 1-3 objects.
  • Less automatic processing of written numbers. In most of us, reading the symbol “7” immediately causes our sense of quantity to be accessed. In dyscalculic individuals this access appears to be slower and more effortful.

Like dyslexia, dyscalculia requires a specialist to give proper diagnosis. However, we do have a screening system for this also. This will give an indication of how likely it is that your child has dyscalculia. Following the screening you will be provided with a printed report and we can advise you as to what to do next.

We have a variety of programmes which can support children encountering difficulties like this with maths.

Other special educational needs

We have vast experience of teaching children with a variety of different special educational needs and have a range of programmes to help them with their learning. If we can help we will, however we our honest with you and if we aren’t able to cater for your needs we will advise you accordingly.