Dyslexia Manchester

Specialist Dyslexia Diagnosis and Assessment

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Literacy difficulties

Literacy difficulties

Literacy difficulties
Do you feel that your child is having difficulties at school reading, writing or spelling ?
Are they finding difficulties in English/Literacy in their work at school?
Is your child experiencing anxiety or frustration with English or Literacy lessons?
These may be indicators of Literacy difficulties or Dyslexia.

I can assess, diagnose and support your child with a BDA accredited Multisensory Individualised programme to develop strategies to support your child's learning.
I also offer 1:1 Study Skills, Literacy and support sessions for GCSE English examinations.

What is Dyslexia?

What is Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia?
Learners with Dyslexia may experience some of the following -

•  Has particular difficulty with reading and spelling.
•  Puts letters and figures the wrong way round.
•  Has difficulty remembering tables, alphabet, formulae etc.
•  Leaves letters out of words or puts them in the wrong order.
•  Still occasionally confuses 'b' and 'd' and words such as 'no/on'.
•  Still needs to use fingers or marks on paper to make simple calculations.
•  Poor concentration.
•  Has problems understanding what he/she has read.
•  Takes longer than average to do written work.
•  Problems processing language at speed.

 Non - language indicators
•  Has difficulty with tying shoe laces, tie, dressing.
•  Has difficulty telling left from right, order of days of the week, months of the year etc.
•  Surprises you because in other ways he/she is bright and alert.
•  Has a poor sense of direction and still confuses left and right.
•  Lacks confidence and has a poor self image.

( British Dyslexia Association )

Karen Barber SpLD APC (PATOSS) ambda ( bda) Specialist Dyslexia Assessor

About me

I have been a teacher for 30+ years, the last twenty years spent teaching learners with Specific Learning Difficulties or as I prefer to call them 'differences'.

 I hold a Post Graduate Diploma SpLD and an Assessment Practising Certificate (PATOSS). I am also an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association and as such I diagnose, assess and support students with Dyslexia.

AMBDA accredited teachers are recognised as Specialists in Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), qualified to conduct specialist diagnostic assessments; Exam Access Arrangements and to deliver individualised Teaching programmes to learners with Dyslexia/SpLD up to and including 18 years of age.

I am based in Bury, Lancashire, eight miles north of Manchester and I work within the North West ( Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Cheshire)

Qualifications and Accreditations
Professional Membership of the British Dyslexia Association AMBDA
Assessment Practising Certificate ( APC ) PATOSS
Post Graduate Diploma  (Level 7) SpLD Manchester Metropolitan University
Full Patoss Membership
Professional indemnity insurance
Current DBS certificate.

I use the Conquering Literacy Programme to support students learning.

The programme

The programme

The programme

The Conquering Literacy Programme

Conquering Literacy has been devised by Dr Kathleen Kelly and Sylvia Phillips both Senior Lecturers at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The programme is a multisensory highly structured programme  for teaching literacy to children and young people with dyslexia and specific literacy difficulties.
I was fortunate to be trained to use this programme by Dr. Kelly as my course tutor.

  'Conquering literacy' is a complete multisensory teaching programme and one that echoes the spirit of recent government initiatives that purport to effectively deal with dyslexia ……. Steeped in the long established tradition of the most appropriate and successful approaches for teaching children with dyslexia Kathleen Kelly and Sylvia Phillips, using their vast knowledge base and unquestionable experience, have utilised, what is considered by most, to be best practice in teaching literacy. 
 Dr. Gavin Reid, Educational Psychologist, International Consultant and author 

Services and charges

Charges for schools are listed on Schools page

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Visual Stress/ Irlens Syndrome can result in difficulties in decoding language

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Dyslexia Diagnosis

Dyslexia diagnosis is established with a number of cognitive assessments which pinpoints areas of difficulty in order to support the learner effectively.

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Access arrangements for SATS and GCSE exams

If a learner has Special Educational Needs they may be eligible for Access Arrangements. .

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1:1 Dyslexia/ Dyslexia Type difficulties tutor sessions

The highly structured, multisensory programme supports the learner by using their interests and games to help them to develop strategies for learning.

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Dyslexia diagnosis /Training to meet your staff needs


Training can be designed to meet the needs of your school and may include areas such as:

  • An overview of dyslexia
  • How to identify pupils who are dyslexic
  • An introduction to Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulties support
  • How to support learners one to one and as part of  the whole class
  • The Dyslexia friendly classroom/ school
As the training programmes are individualised, training costs are based the schools needs.

If you have a number of students requiring dyslexia diagnosis or cognitive assessments please note that these are charged at a daily rate rather than by individual pupils.


Contact me

Contact me

  • Ramsbottom, Bury, UK

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