If your child has dyslexia but is bright...will they get support?
Updated: Jan 6, 2019
If your child has dyslexia but is bright…the gap between what they need, and what the system recognises they need, is large.
We all know that there are more terrifying cuts to education funding coming, you can read more about it here, www.schoolcuts.org.uk. As an education professional who has spent 17 years working in schools, I cannot see how we can tolerate any more funding cuts at all. In real terms, schools have taken hit after hit, from my perspective, without parents seeming to realise what is happening. At the same time, teachers and senior leaders are being asked (quite rightly) to maintain high standards for our children, to plan interesting inclusive lessons, to support those who need it, but with much less support in terms of resourcing.
It’s not just about basic resources either, although I, and most other teachers I know, have bought resources out of our own pockets such as stationery, books and rewards for children. It’s about basic government funding to provide enough teachers/teaching assistants to educate our children and comfortable, warm, safe, ‘fit for purpose’ school buildings in which to teach and learn.
There are children with learning difficulties who are not achieving their potential because their needs aren’t catered for at all...
If your child has special educational needs and needs additional support, it’s even more difficult and some of the forthcoming funding cuts will specifically hit these areas again. This is serious - these children are our most vulnerable; some need help to develop basic life skills just to become functioning members of society.
But it’s not only about children with complex needs, there are also children with learning difficulties who are not achieving their potential because their needs aren’t catered for at all.
From the perspective of your child’s school, this can be extremely difficult to manage. Let’s take a look at a very basic funding formula to explain the current system.
There are many, many children, including my own daughter, who fall into the last category of the table. This is partly why Spotlight Education Support includes some support options for children at this level rather than just supporting complex needs.
Here’s an example of the going rate for private assessment and specialist recommendations:
Educational Psychologist Assessment with report and recommendations: £650 - £1200
Dyslexia Specialist Assessment and recommendations: £395 - £700
Speech and Language Therapy: £120 - £165 per hour
The above is why I’ve tried to keep my own service and pricing as low and efficient as possible with discounted rates starting at £165 for complete packages including consultation, assessment and recommendations and with bespoke options available, which can be priced according to budget. https://www.spotlighteducationsupport.com/children
The Undiagnosed Child
A large proportion of enquiries I receive are from parents who are concerned that there is something wrong, that although their child is ‘doing ok’ and not underachieving in school, they are concerned that they are not achieving to their potential. As a parent, you should always listen to your gut where your child is concerned, but it isn't always necessary to pay for a formal diagnosis or an expensive report. Sometimes an informed, focused look at what is going on is all that is required. This is the benefit of trying a Pre-assessment Consultation. Here’s case study of one child that I worked with, to illustrate what I mean:
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