Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

Dyslexia

At Bright Psychology we:

  • have many years of experience assessing adults in education and employment with a range of specific learning difficulties
  • work with a variety of organisations and individuals carrying out assessments for dyslexia
  • are trained to a high standard in a number of professional psychological applications
  • able to deliver face-to-face assessments in a sensitive and informative way
  • provide helpful and informative feedback to highlight strengths and identify areas of difficulty

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia (Rose Report, 2009).

The types of assessments we carry out are for:

  • Students at college or university who are applying for access arrangements or Disabled Student Allowance
  • Employers and employees requiring assessment and advice regarding reasonable adjustments
  • People over the age of 16 years who may require an assessment to identify strengths or weaknesses in areas of learning

An assessment usually takes 2 hours and involves answering some questions, completing some questionnaires and psychometric tests. The results are provided at the end of the assessment and followed up with a detailed report.

The British Dyslexia Association website provides further details and resources for adults with dyslexia.

“Bright Psychology have provided an exemplary service for our HE students for the past 5 years. They are extremely professional within the conduct of assessments and the production of the associated full assessment reports, which are received in a timely manner. The students respond well and are made to feel comfortable and at ease within the assessments.”

Elise Young
Cross College Dyslexia Co-ordinator at Newcastle College

Dyspraxia

At Bright Psychology we:

  • have many years of experience assessing adults in education and employment with a range of specific learning difficulties
  • are trained to a high standard in a number of professional psychological applications
  • able to deliver face-to-face assessments in a sensitive and informative way
  • provide helpful and informative feedback to highlight strengths and identify areas of difficulty

Dyspraxia is a common disorder affecting fine and gross motor co-ordination in children and adults. An individual’s co-ordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work or employment. There may be a range of co-occuring difficulties which can also have impacts on daily life such as emotional difficulties, problems with time management, organising ideas and concepts, planning, personal organisation and learning new skills (SpLD Assessments Standards Committee, SASC).

Bright Psychology works with a variety of organisations and individuals carrying out specific learning difficulty assessments. For dyspraxia, this usually involves providing updated assessment reports in order to help a person at work or in education. We advise consultation with a suitable qualified health professional with expertise in this area, such as physiotherapist or occupational therapist in order to establish particular physical aspects of dyspraxia.

The types of assessments we carry out are for:

  • Students at college or university who are applying for access arrangements or Disabled Student Allowance
  • Employers and employees requiring assessment and advice regarding reasonable adjustments
  • People over the age of 16 years who may require an assessment to identify strengths or weaknesses in areas of learning

The assessment usually takes 2 hours and involves answering some questions, completing some questionnaires and psychometric tests. The results are provided at the end of the assessment and followed up with a detailed report.