We are highly professionally trained and can conduct full diagnostic assessments for children between the ages of 7 and 18.
Guildford Dyslexia offers one to one specialist tuition for children at every key stage.
Specialist teaching gives children the techniques necessary to facilitate their access to the National Curriculum. Specialist tutors are not ‘subject’ tutors, they concentrate on teaching the skills required to support learning in general.
We aim to find the gaps in knowledge and understanding in order to construct solid foundations on which to build success and boost self-esteem. This may cover many topics, for example revisiting reading techniques, consolidating spelling patterns, teaching writing strategies or tackling difficulties in numeracy.
In a classroom it can be difficult, as we know from experience, to give a struggling child the individual help that they need. Children who are having difficulty keeping up can have a disruptive effect on the whole class. There are a number of techniques and tools that can be used to help dyslexic children in this situation and help the teacher as well.
Lessons are individualised and targeted to address specific difficulties.
Lessons take place face to face near the centre of Guildford (there is ample parking available on site).
Teaching is always multisensory to ensure lessons are accessible to all children and take into account individual learning preferences.
During the first session, your tutor will determine the areas that need to be supported. This will be used as a benchmark to measure progress at the end of a six to ten-week tutoring programme.
We will usually cover a minimum of two target areas with a revision section aimed at consolidating learning.
What does ‘multisensory’ mean?
Multisensory techniques and strategies aim to use more than one sense in order to help learning. Normally children will use their listening skills to retain information delivered by a teacher.
Introducing other senses when teaching (visual skills and movement for example) allows students to engage on multiple levels and maximises the chances of teaching being understood and retained. For some children, this is essential.
How much specialist tutoring will my child need?
This will depend on the type and the amount of support necessary for your child. Each new pupil will need to be assessed (formally or informally) so that targeted teaching can be put in place and progress measured.
Your tutor will put together a Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) of six sessions with targets specific to your child. This learning plan will be reviewed with you at the end of every six week period.
Could one of the targets include some French teaching?
Yes absolutely! Children with dyslexic tendencies find it particularly difficult to retain grammatical structures from other languages. French spelling and grammar are quite challenging and this often results in an early loss of confidence for foreign languages. As a native French speaker, French tutor and dyslexia specialist your tutor has many years of experience in finding alternative ways to help your child overcome some of these difficulties.