I wanted to write to say thank you for the work you did with Alice yesterday. She was apprehensive about the day but your calm and welcoming manner put her immediately at ease. I found your methods of getting to the root of Alice’s difficulties to be very helpful and informative and I was very pleased to see how well she related to the materials you provided for working out fractions.
I am not at all surprised about your recognition of how much her anxiety around maths is impacting upon her learning. As a parent, it is hard to see your child so agitated and upset about something which she knows she has to do every day. However, I am pleased to report that something of what you said about ‘mindfulness’ definitely resonated with Alice as she was much more open to doing some regular mindfulness exercises with me. What you said about being able to step outside of yourself and recognise your emotions was extremely helpful and I think that if we can work on this at home, it may provide the key for Alice in moving forward with her studies.
I look forward to receiving your report.
Isabel has just completed the first year of a Politics and Economics BSc at Cardiff University.
She gained ABC in her A Levels. She was a little disappointed with the C in History but Cardiff was her first choice so she was thrilled with that. She applied to the university for support with the dyslexia using your report for her application. After an assessment arranged by the university at Hitchin College she was offered 25% extra exam time, specialist software on her laptop along with instruction in its use, and an hour a week with a dyslexia tutor. She was also offered extra time for assignments but she felt that this would hinder not help her as she would just leave starting her assignments later. The extra time in the exams is what she feels she most needs and benefits from because she nearly always needs this time to finish the papers. Most of her assignments and exam grades have been good although the comments on one essay from the lecturer indicate that she could still work on her essay construction: the lecturer expressed frustration that he couldn’t mark the essay higher because although the knowledge and understanding of the topic was obvious the essay was poorly written.
She is thoroughly enjoying university life, both her studies and the sporting and social aspects! She has a job in a hotel in Cardiff when she is there and when she is at home works at Fanhams Hall and as a domestic cleaner. She has already been to Gozo and Cyprus this month and will be off inter-railing through Europe in July.
So you can see as a result of getting her the help with the dyslexia that she needed when we came to see you she was able to gain the university place she wanted and is living life to the full.
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to report back to you that Felix has made incredible improvements in such a short time since his dyslexia/ADD diagnoses in October. I instantly saw a happier and more enthusiastic young man. Getting up and going to school is no longer a battle. The whole house is calmer! School have offered him lots of support and implemented your recommendations ( apart from laptop that is still pending approval). He now feels so much more understood and comfortable asking for help.
I was so so proud to have received a letter from his Headmaster praising Felix for his excellent english essay on Great Expectations. He also received a star student award yesterday for his attitude to learning. Wow!
Thank you for everything you have done. You have undoubtedly changed his life – and I am so proud of him.
Thank you very much!