Testimonials

Dear Maz,

Thank you so much for all your help last year. We wanted to share some good news!

Harry has achieved two A stars at A-level, and has been given a place on his first choice course. He will be studying joint honours Politics and Philosophy at Sussex, and he is over the moon. He loved the course and campus but wasn’t sure he had a chance.

The assessment process and diagnosis really helped Harry by identifying, at the age of almost 17, various difficulties that he had lived with for years but had not previously understood.  Your input gave him the confidence and understanding to work really hard and to discover alternative study methods that would help him to succeed.

We used the assessment report to apply for Disabled Students’ allowance (DSA). The DSA assessment went really well and he is going to be given a lot of support at university – they seem to be well set up for his dyspraxia needs.

Once again, thank you. We are immensely grateful, and would wholeheartedly recommend your services to others.

Janette and Richard Earney | Parents

Our son, Mitch, started to struggle in the build up to his GCSE’s.  His acclaimed independent school assessed him as intelligent but suggested he was not “applying himself” adequately to his studies.  To us, the school’s conclusion was clearly wrong.  Moreover, the school’s attitude was alienating Mitch from his studies and damaging his confidence.

One of Mitch’s more perceptive teachers suggested that he may be encountering learning challenges.  We identified Maz as a leader in this field and arranged an appointment.  Maz was excellent – he immediately put Mitch at ease and, following an extensive assessment, he was able to diagnose dyslexia and dyspraxia.  He provided us with an extensive, detailed and clear report which we were able to use to secure Access Arrangements for Mitch.

The assessment Maz provided gave us and, more importantly, Mitch, the information and guidance we needed to make his study choices effectively and with confidence.  This summer, Mitch graduated with a first class honours degree and a Chancellor’s commendation from his university.

Our younger daughter has subsequently suffered similar problems.  With Maz’s excellent ongoing support, she is overcoming her challenges, and pursuing her degree at a leading US university.

Chris and Sue Forsyth | Parents

After enjoying a successful career in IT, I decided that it was time for a change so I re-trained as a Financial Advisor.  This required me to take professional examinations which I found a struggle.

I received tutoring from a fellow professional who couldn’t understand why I was unable to pass a certain exam, despite demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the subject.  He asked if I had ever been tested for dyslexia and this prompted me to contact a number of professionals.

After making initial enquiries I chose Dr Maz Mohamedali from About Dyslexia as he was clearly the most competent and showed the most understanding of my situation.  His assessment highlighted my strengths and weaknesses and he helped me to understand how to leverage my full potential.  I had already developed some compensatory strategies, for working around my areas of weakness, but I wasn’t fully aware that I was doing this.  The assessment helped me to make sense of what I was doing and to understand why some things seemed harder than they should.  Maz advised me on methods and ways to adapt my learning style which I immediately applied to my studies and the results have been amazing; I passed my exam on the next attempt!  I now feel that my potential has been unlocked.

Thank you Maz.

Mark Williams | Financial Advisor

My 15 year old daughter was recently seen by a consultant paediatrician who suspected that she might have specific learning difficulties.  The consultant suggested that I should get a formal assessment.

I did some research and discovered that such assessments were provided by About Dyslexia.  I took my daughter to see Dr Maz Mohamedali, a psychologist based in Hertford.  Maz did an assessment which was extremely thorough but he was also very considerate about my daughter’s feelings as he understood that the diagnosis was a bit of a shock for her. We both felt very comfortable with Maz; he has a very gentle way about him which makes you feel at ease.

Following the assessment, Maz wrote a comprehensive report which we sent to our daughter’s school.  Unfortunately, the school were initially reluctant to recognise my daughter’s difficulties and unwilling to help.  Maz went above and beyond by contacting the school and talking to the relevant staff to make them understand my daughter’s needs.  He arranged to visit the school and to offer them support and advice on how to manage applications for exam arrangements.  His intervention secured the Access Arrangements my daughter will need to perform at her best in her GCSEs.

He is very helpful and puts himself out to help and provide advice for his clients.  If you need to get an assessment, we would highly recommend Maz and About Dyslexia.

Lisa Mather | Parent

Having struggled for most of my life with coordination problems, being clumsy, concentration, remembering things, and knowing that my brain somehow works in a different way to a lot of others, it has been a real blessing to finally get some answers to these difficulties. Although I have managed in life, I always felt I had to work much harder than others to do normal everyday tasks and find this exhausting. I can be obsessive about things such as appointments and schedules as this helps my life run smoother. In addition, I find writing difficult and organising my thoughts. I also tend to procrastinate a lot because of these difficulties.

In hindsight, I think that going to dance classes when I was younger and swimming have helped to some extent with coordination but I didn’t know this at the time.

Because I studied a lot on various courses since leaving school, and had a career where a great deal of admin is required, my difficulties went largely unnoticed as I just accepted this was how life was.  However, since coming to study full-time in Cambridge where the expectations, routines, and academic conventions are different, the problems which I experience have been brought much more to the fore. Fortunately, the tutor at college who deals with specific learning difficulties referred me to the study support teacher, and this ultimately resulted in a referral to Maz for a proper assessment.

From my first contact with Maz, I found him helpful, attentive, knowledgeable and insightful. His warmth, care and kindness combined with professional approach throughout communications and then particularly during the assessment itself enabled me to feel that I was being taken seriously and so felt at ease, relaxed and secure. I was able to trust him with these personal difficulties, and together we worked at exploring them. I was provided with some immediate feedback, information and explanations, and this was followed up with a comprehensive report which reflects accurately my strengths as well as my difficulties, and offers advice and recommendations.

I am really thankful and grateful to Maz as I am now able to access appropriate support, software and other resources to help not only with my studies, but with the whole of the rest of my life. I finally have some reasons as to why I’ve had these struggles and feel much more positive for the future and confident in my strengths and abilities.

My advice would be don’t continue to struggle indefinitely, seek help early, and take it from there.

Maz, you’re amazing!

Claire Todd | Theology Student / Ordinand

Maz gave me some very useful advice concerning my 15 year old son’s dyspraxia. He was able to explain my son’s condition in a way that avoided psychologists’ jargon. This enabled me to understand much better the progress, and difficulties, which my son is experiencing at school. Maz also suggested ways in which we would be able to support my son in his learning through his GCSEs and beyond. Maz’s explanation of how his issues would manifest themselves was very clear, professional and friendly. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others

Adam Greaves | Parent

We are very thankful we contacted Dr Maz as doing so has enabled our son to finally realise his true potential.

Our son has always been a confident, outgoing, young man with a wide circle of friends. He coped well with the demands of the first two years of secondary school.  However, by his third year the work became more demanding and he found it harder to do well.  The picture was confusing because although he was doing well in class, he was struggling to replicate this performance in timed tests.  This made him frustrated and upset.  To make matters worse, his self-esteem was affected and he began to think of himself as  “stupid”.

When a good friend heard us discussing our concerns he suggested that we should have him tested for dyslexia.  After extensive testing Dr Maz provided us with a comprehensive report. Although we have never liked the idea of our child being ”labelled” it was actually a reassurance to know that he had dyslexia and dyspraxia; this helped to explain why despite his high IQ, there was a disparity between his coursework marks and timed assessment results.

We shared the report with his school.  They were impressed with the detail and recommendations in the report but at the same time they were surprised that our son’s learning profile included dyspraxia, given his natural athleticism.  The school undertook to monitor his performance over the coming months and to test the hypotheses laid out in the report.  After three months, his teachers unanimously agreed with the findings of the report and Access Arrangements were put into place.  The report recommendations have been used to develop a programme of support to enable him to do his best and to work around his specific learning difficulties.

We are really pleased to say that within a short time he really got his bounce back.  It meant a lot to him to know that there was a reason for his difficulties and that he could use a variety of techniques to overcome them. He is now much happier now at school and is making great progress.

A huge heartfelt thank you

Julian Kearney | Parent

We contacted Maz when my daughter was taking her A levels and preparing to go to university.  We were keen to get an up to date assessment of her educational needs in order to find more helpful ways for her to study.  We also wanted to ensure that she would get the best support possible for her specific learning difficulties during her university studies.

Maz made the assessment process as easy as possible.  Although my daughter found it long and challenging, he was very supportive and patient with her and made her feel totally at ease.  The assessment pinpointed my daughter’s areas of strength and weakness and helped us to better understand the nature of her difficulties.  We are hoping that having this information will help our daughter to be clearer about what support she will need during her academic studies including any assistive technology that might be helpful to her.

It was a pleasure to deal with Maz who had been recommended to us.  He provided the necessary assessment reports very promptly and has been accessible and supportive throughout the process.

Nadine Peacock | Parent

Maz is kind and patient. He is very thorough with his explanations and I left the session feeling uplifted and relieved because I understood for the first time what the issues were that affect me. I also liked the fact that he treated me with respect and discussed the possible options to help me put an action plan in place. I was nervous about going to see him due to negative experiences in the past but he put me at ease. I feel much more positive about the future and I would definitely recommend Maz to other people.

Natasha | Student (A-levels)

Since a young age I have been aware of dyslexia, many members of my family have received support for dyslexia during their education and through observing them I adopted many strategies to help with my own struggles. I received my first formal diagnosis at primary school and have had various assessments during my education and work life. All providing a variety of support with different degrees of helpfulness.

I have found dyslexia very frustrating at times. I am a competent, confident woman, who has had senior roles in the public, private and third sectors, yet I find helping my 5 year old with phonetics crippling.  I have never really understood dyslexia and just accepted that for me it makes words muddled, it makes getting what’s in my head on to paper more challenging than many of my peers and that I seem solve problems and puzzles easily.

Twelve years after leaving formal education I started theological training as part of my preparation to become a priest in the Church of England. I was encouraged to go to see Maz in my first term to get an up to date diagnosis. The assessment was thorough and left no stone unturned.  The assessment and following report was eye opening and for the first time helped me understand what dyslexia means to me, what impact that has on my day to day life and the way in which I learn. The recommendations have been implemented, including the use of software, one to one support and I now feel I have an established arsenal of strategies and resources that equip me, to not just get through life, but to thrive.

 

Rebecca Dyball | Theology Student / Ordinand

After leaving yet another job, having generalised anxiety and attending weekly CBT sessions, I knew it was time to get to the bottom of the problems I was having. I have always thought I might be dyslexic but have put my head in the sand not wanting to think about it too deeply. Working as a drama and singing teacher most recently put a huge strain on me mentally and emotionally. Although I have always had good feedback at work nobody has known about my personal struggle and anxiety.

I spent weeks searching the internet for a company specialising in adult dyslexia testing and was very impressed with the information on the About-dyslexia website. After speaking to Maz on the phone I decided to go ahead with the test.

Maz is a warm and friendly professional who on the day of the test put me at ease straight away. The test was at times challenging and in parts enjoyable. Maz was able to tell me straight after the test that I was dyslexic and since receiving the written report he has been available to answer any further questions I have had.

The advice that Maz has given me in the report with regards to what help and support he recommends for me has been extremely helpful. It has not been easy finding out that I am dyslexic however doing this test has put me on the right path towards getting the help I need in order to have a happier working life.

Stephanie | Teacher

Thank you so much for all your help and support this summer with our son Ross.  Ross has been at University for 2 years and during this time we have seen how he has found his studies there increasingly more difficult to cope with and how this has impacted on him personally.

Ross is 20 years old and when Ross first started school he was slow to learn to read but once Ross could read he got over any initial problems and up until this point has always been confident and although he has had to work hard to achieve success he has always coped with school work and exams.  But since going to University he has found the demands made on him difficult to deal with and thought that this was because the work was too difficult and beyond his abilities rather than there being a reason why he was having trouble coping.  Like many young people instead of asking for help he tried to struggle on but deep down he knew something wasn’t right.

In Ross’s words

“Ever since I was young I have struggled in a way in which I cannot quantify, whether that be the time it took me to learn to ride a bike or the troubles I had with everyday organization.  I thought all this was just me and I could put strategies in place to deal with these issues.  While at University these troubles intensified to the point where I felt that I really needed answers.  I always felt I was good at English and although not great at spelling I found it easy to express myself in writing.  But at University the pace of work needed to keep up to date with coursework meant I found my difficulties slowed my work down, I over complicated work and all of this affected ability to cope and my results reflected this.  I got very frustrated at why I was finding this so difficult and this impacted on me personally.  In the past I had developed strategies but they did not help me deal with my studies now.  I became very stressed and anxious.

By the end of my second year I realized I needed to face these issues and the first step was to see if I really did have a learning difficulty that may be affecting my ability to achieve what I thought I was capable of.  I had always wondered if I was dyslexic due to my poor spelling and trouble with grammar.  The breakthrough was once I was professional assessed.  The minute I came into contact with Maz I felt he understood me and answered my questions.  I got the diagnosis of dyspraxia and after reading the report and since increasing my knowledge of dyspraxia I now realize I wasn’t struggling because I was not clever enough to do a degree I just needed specialized help to give me the tools and strategies I need to enable me to develop skills that will mean I can carry on with my studies.  I was considering quitting University but with the help from Maz I now feel fully confident in carrying on with my goal to achieve a degree in English Literature.

This experience has also taught me not to doubt myself and if I feel something isn’t right not to just struggle on, but do something about it.”

Maz, your intervention has helped all of us a great deal.  I can see a change in Ross, he is much more positive about being able to tackle his difficulties and your help with the University, giving advice on the right support for Ross is invaluable, thank you for your kindness and always being there to answer our concerns.  Without your help Ross would have struggled on and not have reached his full potential.  We feel now he can move forward and your advice will guide him for the rest of his life.  We cannot thank you enough.

Ross Williams (student), Leigh Williams (mother) and Mark Williams (father) | University Student (and comments from his parents)

I was advised to seek Maz’s help after approaching the disability officer at the university where I worked.  I was having difficulty with a few things that were preventing me from progressing in my career and, having a small family, I wanted to rectify these in order to move on. My main difficulty was my poor memory. I was having difficulties in concentrating during meetings and going about my normal duties.  I struggled to find the right words during conversations and when offering my opinions in meetings.  Also, reading aloud was becoming increasingly difficult as well. I have been experiencing these problems for as long as I can remember but with the stresses that small families bring, these symptoms began to really get in the way of having a good family life.  Moreover, as I said, I wanted to acknowledge these problems and start fixing them.

Maz was an excellent assessor and counsellor. The tests that he put me through were difficult and long but they were really worth doing; the outcome most interesting and answered a lot of questions.  They explained why I have found working so difficult for most of my life.  I have managed to reach the level of senior lecturer at a university but it has been a real struggle to get here and almost impossible to move forward from this point due to the nature of the work I am involved in.

The report in particular was really well set out and explained why I was having all the difficulties I described previously and went further to address issues I was only partly aware of.  The assessment Maz put me through identified three things that I have, Dyspraxia, ADHD and a small amount of dyslexia.  The breaking of this news to me was a shock to the system.  However, over the past month, and through Maz’s clear explanation and professional advice, I am coming to terms and I am currently re-organising my life and my approach to the things I find challenging. I am finding new strategies, I am becoming more organised and focused.  My ADHD will need more attention and have begun the process of finding a psychiatrist as suggested by Maz.

The road ahead is a lot clearer for me now.  Maz has been excellent in guiding me and I would certainly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to me.

Ed Collins | Senior Lecturer

“It had not even occurred to me that I might be dyslexic. Recent exams and experiences at work had made me increasing frustrated and stressed, because no matter how hard I worked, I could not improve my productivity.

Maz’s friendly, professional approach provided me with insight as to how I process information. Maz explained why, in spite of being quite able, I find some tasks especially challenging. The diagnosis of dyslexia resonated positively. It has empowered me to start putting past experiences into context, and to plan for making the most of my future.

I recommend Maz at about-dyslexia to anyone who is frustrated by their underachievement and wishes to make a change for the better.”

Andy Rawlings | Pharmacist

Our family is expressing our greatest and sincere gratitude to Dr. Maz for his kind attention and highly professional support provided during Nikola’s dyslexia assessment.

Considering that my son’s dyslexia difficulties were diagnosed and analyzed at a relatively late stage (he is 17 years old), Dr. Maz’s highly professional attitude in sharing experience and guidance on strategies to overcome the dyslexia difficulties was extremely appreciated and valuable.

After completing the full assessment with Dr. Maz, we finally have a tailored, precise and factual details on the areas to focus in overcoming the dyslexia difficulties and request appropriate support at the university represented in technologies and additional time.

Thank you once again Dr. Maz.

 

Lutchia Kaneva | Parent

I went to see Maz after he was recommended to me by Dr Anita Jackson.  Dr Jackson had assessed me as a child but I needed an updated adult assessment as I was now over 16 years old.  Maz was patient in the way in which the way he explained things, but I still found some of the assessment quite challenging. The best thing about getting assessed was that it helped me to understand my strengths and talents. After my GCSEs, I started studying A-Levels but realised that the structure of the course was not suited to my skills.  I changed courses and I am now studying towards a BTEC level 3 in Hospitality because the BTEC helps me to exploit my strengths.

 

Victoria Priestland | Student

Maz and Joanna from about-dyslexia have provided a professional educational psychology service to Loughborough University for over ten years. Our students report that they value the friendly and professional service they receive during their assessment. Appointments are dealt with in a sensitive and efficient manner which is appreciated by our administration team. The clarity of the reports make them easy for students and staff to utilise, so that students can be supported effectively during their course. I am happy to recommend about-dyslexia educational psychology services without reservation.

 

Natalie McKeown | Dyslexia Support Advisor, Loughborough University

The assessment and the subsequent diagnosis of dyslexia have been quite remarkable for my personal and professional life.

Most surprisingly for me, I left the assessment with a spring in my step. I gained a new sense of confidence from it which I now attribute to being able to better understand where my strengths lay.

I had long suspected that I was a dyslexic as I had demonstrated symptoms as a child. However, I had put off a diagnosis and as an adult as I was afraid of being labelled as” unable.” I wanted to distance myself from the negative connotations I feared would accompany he label. I felt I would feel weaker than a non-dyslexic when it came to certain tasks. What I had failed to appreciate was my strengths. Furthermore, some of my strengths were directly attributable to being dyslexic.

Through recognition of my profile I have been able to shape my work life. This has varied from using organizational techniques where I am traditionally weaker to taking on more responsibility with numerical and reasoning based challenges where I am stronger. In doing so I have seen a marked positive change in the level of recognition I have received in the workplace.

Ultimately, the assessment is as much about showing, and thereby empowering, the individual as to where they are able as to identifying where one is less able. The results of the assessment enabled me to better understand myself and in doing so have given me confidence. It is the confidence I have taken away with me which has proven to be the most valuable part of the process.

I would also like to share some observations about the assessment process

I found the assessment process with Maz to be highly transparent, friendly and professional. He talked me through all of the procedures of the day, providing clear descriptions of the different tests we would be carrying out. I felt at ease throughout the experience. Furthermore, following the assessment Maz kindly wrote me a referral for an American examination board which required additional paperwork to be completed.

I would not hesitate in highly recommending Maz for the excellent services he provides.

W. Cuss | Assurance (Financial Services)

My Dyslexia has hampered me all my life.  I have never had a proper assessment and struggled at the best of times though school and work life.

Maz did a full assessment for me I was made to feel relaxed and calm.  Above all I did not feel stupid.  The assessment was quite challenging as it showed my weaknesses and highlighted things that I had taught myself to hide.  At the end of the test I was told that I was dyslexic.  It was a very emotional moment for me.  It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off me.

Since the test I have managed to gain help though a government scheme called Access to Work.  They have provided me with software and admin assistance to help me to run my business more effectively.  But above all I think the most important thing for me was to understand that I am Dyslexic and this makes me think differently.  I now recognise my strengths and my weaknesses. It means I can ask for help to learn how to manage the tasks that I find difficult.  A big thank you to Maz for all his help and his kind and professional manner.

Stewart Bishop | Managing Director

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