I know, from personal and professional experience, what an anxious time it is when your child has been diagnose with a learning difficulty or a developmental condition. Perhaps, more so when you suspect that someting is not quite right but you don’t know what it is or where to go for help.
The words “learning difficulties” cover a huge variety of conditions, from severe difficulties to very minor ones. Specific learning difficulties tend to refer to conditions such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, which are usually just around one area of learning. These difficulties are only evident when the child is in school. Concerns appear when progress is slower than expected. Fortunately, today there is now more knowledge and information than ever before about all sort of conditions. Early diagnosis is important because it helps to understand the nature of the problem. However, it is also important not to be side tracked by the global label. It is more important to understand the very specific processing problems that the child has, in order to find the right help.
I offer information and support to families with children who have a range of difficulties which include conditions that affect learning such as: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, specific memory problems, ADHD, Deafness, Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and some Physical Disabilities. I work with the parent or career to understand the condition and the limitations the child maybe experiencing. Then support the parent in finding the best form of support for their child.
In conclusion, I can help you, so that you can help your child to overcome or manage his/her difficulties, in a way that it protects the child’s self-worth and self-esteem, which are essential factors for developing a healthy mind. I support parents or carers through parenting workshops; personal parental counselling and/or hypnotherapy to aliviate the parental stress; or 1:1 information and advice sessions. [is this parenting advice?].