Dyslexia Manchester

Specialist Dyslexia Diagnosis and Assessment

" Every child has a different learning style and pace each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also succeeding" Robert John Meehan


Literacy difficulties

  • Do you feel that your child is having difficulties at school reading, writing or spelling ?
  • Are they finding English/Literacy lessons frustrating 
  • Does your child become anxious or upset In these lessons

I can give you a diagnosis of your child's differences and challenges in order to support their learning.

The individualised multisensory learning programme will support your child to develop strategies for their learning style.

This can help them achieve their full potential and develop self confidence in their own abilities.

1:1 Study Skills, Literacy and support sessions for GCSE English examinations are also available


What is Dyslexia

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Is my child Dyslexic ?

If your child -
  • Has difficulty with reading and spelling.
  • Puts letters and figures the wrong way round.
  • Cannot remember times tables, alphabet, formulae etc.
  • Leaves letters out of words or puts them in the wrong order.
  • Confuses  'b' and 'd' and words such as 'no/on'.
  • Uses fingers or marks on paper to make simple calculations.

 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 )

The programme

The programme

The programme

The Conquering Literacy Programme

The programme is a multisensory highly structured programme for teaching literacy to children and young people with dyslexia and specific literacy difficulties.

The support sessions move at a pace to ensure that knowledge is secure for your child before moving on to the next topic.

  '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

Visual stress/ Irlens syndrome

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. This assessment provides evidence for JCQ requirements.

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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.

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.


Contact me

Contact me

  • Ramsbottom, Bury, UK

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