We cannot thank you enough firstly for listening and then affording us an appointment, and also for giving us the time to express our concerns to you. I am sure you better understand the frustrations we have had over many years, seeking some understanding as to why Lucy has difficulties that she and we see but “others” do not or choose not to.
Your approach in accessing and understanding Lucy has confirmed what we suspected beyond doubt and finally we have an understanding and a way to enable Lucy, should she choose to do so to, move forward and progress. Lucy took time to read the report herself before showing it to anyone else. I asked how she felt and she responded, “Good, I’m not just dumb then,” and laughed! No parent could ask for more than their child to feel understood and valued and as hard as it may have been, this is all i asked as you know from our initial contact.
Thank you so very much for the sensitive and understandable manner in which you gave us your summary; although we were not necessarily prepared for all your findings, they all made perfect sense. and were all too recognizable in Lucy. We are, as you can appreciate, all the more proud of all her achievements and for maintaining her good nature and resolve to do her best despite the many challenges and obstacles she has faced whilst in Education.
Lucy is currently on a four week induction at the Accident and Emergency Department of a local Hospital. She “panicked when she was presented with a folder of coursework to learn; however, she now fully appreciates the importance of having her difficulties formally recognized. Lucy has been empowered by having a professional diagnosis which she can present to the relevant people. It allows for small adjustments to be made to support her learning of the new skills that she must acquire. Lucy is enjoying her new role. She’s holding her own with 11 hr days of learning and embracing the practical side. Lucy knows she is no longer “alone” with her difficulties and she no longer worries about explaining how she “doesn’t get it” What a joy and relief to know that has finally happened for her, and for those of us around her.
We know it may not always be the case and it’s a long road ahead, but we are a million miles further down the road than we were before your help.
I was always aware that I was a slow reader and it was hard for me to take in information when reading. As I was planning to undertake post graduate study, I became very concerned that my difficulties with reading and spelling would have a deleterious effect on my studies.
When I was in Year 9, my English teacher mentioned that she could see signs of dyslexia in my essays but I was not offered a formal assessment. However, as an adult I felt the need to better understand my learning profile and that is why I came forward for an assessment.
I would like to thank you for doing my assessment and the support you gave me.
I have now completed my 1st year at uni, having passed both my essays and assessments, I have been offered a place on the MA in Child Psychotherapy and Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Child Counselling course.
I have decided to go the Diploma route and possibly build on to the MA in future if I feel it’s necessary.
Thanks to you and your support I was able to begin my journey of seeking different supportive resources, which has helped me to be in the position I am today.
I cannot thank you enough as my dyslexia has been and still is a huge part of my therapeutic journey; as I grow each day to learn more and more about myself, I continue to ground myself so I can then feel and be in a good place to be able to emotionally facilitate others.
Thank you very much for all you have done.
Although I’ve always been very good at dealing with people and getting them to talk to me, I’ve struggled with reading, spelling and writing for most of my life. At school my difficulties were not recognised so I just did my best to muddle through. When I started working, I did well because my people skills enabled me to progress. However, promotion often involved doing more paperwork and this continued to cause me problems.
My current job is with Safer Places, a charitable organisation that supports victims of domestic abuse. I originally joined the organisation as a volunteer, but my role has grown and so I am required to do more administrative work; in other words, more writing.
I was given the opportunity to have an assessment to find out what might be causing my difficulties. I was referred to About-Dyslexia and specifically to Maz. He asked me to fill in some questionnaires and then he came to see me at work. We spent half a day doing the assessment and at the end of the process he explained that I was dyslexic and dyspraxic.
Maz was very helpful. At the start of the assessment I was feeling very anxious because I didn’t know what to expect from the assessment, but Maz put me at ease., He explained everything to me and he gave me clear instructions before each task. We worked for about 3 hours and at the end Maz explained my condition.
Maz was able to advise me on where to go for more help and what I could do to help myself as well. I am now able to get the help I need, to work more confidently and to prosper in my role. I’m getting great support from my organisation and adapting to new ways of working. I’m also using assistive software which allows me to work more independently, without having to ask my colleagues to proof read my letters and emails. I feel so much more confident than before and I’m looking forward to a brighter future.