Welcome To Sarah McCahon Dyslexia Services
SMDS is pleased to offer full diagnostic Specific Learning Difficulties assessments for children and adults, advisory sessions and training sessions (see 'Services' for the full range).
Home/workplace visits are available in the evenings, at the weekends and in school holidays throughout Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Please contact SMDS if you need services in other areas.
Are you a parent? If your child is struggling at school, it may be that he or she has a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Some children can find it particularly difficult when they are not making as much progress as their peers and this can impact on self-esteem. Having an assessment can highlight strengths and areas for development, and give practical recommendations for you and your child.
Are you going to university or study at HE level? The assessment will meet the requirements of the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) and can provide evidence of your specific learning difficulty if you apply for the Disabled Students Allowance. This government allowance may be able to provide you with equipment, software and support to help you cope with the demands of university-level education (see 'Links' for more information about the DSA).
If you already know that you have a specific learning difficulty but were formally assessed before the age of 16, you will need a new assessment to ensure that the report reflects your current strengths and needs.
Are you an employee? Specific Learning Difficulties are not something that affect just education. They can also impact on employees at all levels in the workplace. It might be that you struggle with administration tasks (such as composing or reading text) or that you struggle to juggle with organisation and time management skills. Although Specific Learning Difficulties often persist into adulthood, people tend to adopt strategies to help them cope with the demands of their work and studies.
Are you an education/training establishment? SMDS offers staff training sessions to raise awareness of Specific Learning Difficulties with information about: indicators of specific learning difficulties, practical strategies for tutors and teachers, and exam access arrangements.
Bespoke training is also available for a wide range of employers and organisations.
If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact me and I will see if I can help you. Please phone 01342 714065 or use the 'contact us' page on this website.
56 Tiltwood Drive, Crawley Down, West Sussex, RH10 4DN 01342 714065 firstname.lastname@example.org