Support 4 Dyslexia has been successfully supporting students in the Sheffield area since 2007. We provide private tuition for individuals who experience difficulties with literacy.
We are proud to be working with the awarding body Ascentis using their specialist intervention programme, IDL. IDL is designed to deliver highly effective literacy and dyslexia support. It succeeds with both children and adults who have difficulties with reading and spelling. Their success has been proven in schools and tuition centres around the UK and overseas for over 25 years.
Dyslexia diagnosis is not necessary to participate in the tuition programme, it is designed to help any student of any age with reading and spelling difficulties, and is developed around successfully proven dyslexia techniques.
Our tutors will be specifically trained to deliver the IDL specialist Dyslexia programme and will hold a current DBS certificate.
We also provide dyslexia screening tests. See our screening section for more information.
What is Dyslexia?
a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.
late 19th century: coined in German from dys- ‘difficult’ + Greek lexis ‘speech’ (apparently by confusion of Greek legein ‘to speak’ and Latin legere ‘to read’).
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the ability to learn to read and spell. It often runs in families and stems from a difficulty in processing the sounds in words. Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 people in the UK.
Some of the following symptoms are associated with dyslexia:
Slow reading progress - has difficulty in putting the sounds of the letters together and perhaps has problems understanding what he or she has read.
Muddled pronunciation of words - for example 'carpark' pronounced 'parcark'
Spelling problems - will often put letters in the wrong or reverse order. May spell the same word differently in the same sentence.
Poor handwriting - will often write letters and numbers the wrong way round, takes much longer than expected to complete written work etc.
Letter confusion - confusion of letters that are similar in shape and sound for example, b/d p/q m/n etc.
Poor short term memory - for example, has difficulty in carrying out more than one instruction at a time.
Poor sequencing skills - for example, the alphabet, months of the year, days of the week etc.
Important things to remember
People with dyslexia often have strengths in reasoning and in visual and creative fields
Dyslexia is not related to general intelligence.
Dyslexia is not the result of visual difficulties.
Dyslexia usually runs in families.
Many people learn coping strategies to manage the effects of dyslexia however it can not be 'cured'.
People with dyslexia often show characteristics of other specific learning difficulties such as dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder or dyscalculia, however this is not always the case.
Our lessons are based around following the IDL Programme which combines a multi-sensory, structured approach with an accessible, stress free user method. The multi-sensory approach proves effective as it addresses key areas commonly associated with dyslexic-type difficulties. These relate to processing and retention of information. This method allows information to be accessed via several sensory channels simultaneously. This method maximises opportunities for effective processing and retention.
Lessons are tightly structured to provide comprehensive and specific teaching, tailored to an individuals needs. The sequence of the modules vary to contain sentence formats with story themes, spellings, grammar, punctuation and comprehension.
The key to this specialist intervention programme is using a very high level of repetition (over learning). Each lesson should consist of:
This method allows lessons to feel easy and accomplishable which in turn raises confidence.
Our keyboards all have colour coded keys which help support touch typing and tactile memory.
Patterns of finger movements through touch typing support memory
Words are seen and heard simultaneously, touch typed and repeated
Work is read back aloud and recorded, then played back
As part of the students initial assessment we will conduct as basic coloured overlay test. This will give an indication as to whether the student may benefit from using a coloured overlay when reading. If the use of an overlay proves beneficial we can adjust the student's computer profile to alter the screen to the colour they have chosen. We can also fully tailor the colour of the text. Three contrasting text colours are chosen by the student which are then used in alternate lines when typing. This allows for easy tracking when reading back slightly longer passages of text. These colours can be adjusted at any time throughout the programme.
Coloured overlays (acetate) are also available to purchase from us in A5 or A4 sizes at a small cost.
Starting the Programme
Each individuals needs are assessed and following an initial test, students scores are entered to generate lessons at the appropriate level for their specific needs. It is recommended that progress is reviewed after 26 hours of tuition and a summary of improvement will then be provided. Lessons usually last for an hour, once or twice a week, and there will be no more than 5 students working with two tutors. Students feel in control of their learning and progress without pressure or stress. Tutors support and encourage students to work through the lessons at a comfortable rate to suit their own level.
To check for availability and book sessions please contact us.
Cost per hour: £24.00
Our centre's average
improvement after 26 sessions (January 2019 )
Support 4 Dyslexia provides the following services:
Dyslexia screening helps to identify if someone is likely to be dyslexic. A screening test will work out the probability of dyslexia.
Children (6.5-15 yrs) £35.00
The computer gives each child three enjoyable and non-threatening tests that are sensitive cognitive indicators of dyslexia. Each Screening component has been individually standardised, validated and calibrated to maximise accuracy in detection of dyslexia and prevent dyslexic children 'slipping through the net'. There are very low rates of false positives ('false alarms') and false negatives ('misses').
Adults (15 yrs +) £45.00
A non threatening, speedy assessment.
Suitable for individuals who have non-standard educational backgrounds, low general ability, and/or poor English language skills.
Reading and Spelling Assessment
Adults & Children £20.00
This will show exactly what an individual’s reading and spelling level is. This can be carried out on its own, for example if a student begins tuition but does not need a dyslexia screening test, or to monitor progress when a student has attended a block of tuition. (This assessment is included if it is conducted after 26 lessons as a reassessment.)
Basic Coloured Overlay/ Filter Test
All ages £10.00
There is now scientific research to show that both coloured filters (worn as glasses) and coloured plastic sheets laid over text (known as overlays) can help some children to read. This basic test includes viewing text through 12 different coloured overlays to establish if a particular colour makes the text easier to read and/or become clearer by reducing any movement in vision or glare.
Red, deep blue, light blue, pale yellow, bright yellow, warm yellow, orange, lime green, deep green, mid purple, ultra deep purple and rose pink.
Individual/Pack of all colours
A4 Size £4.50/ £35.00
A5 Size £2.00/ £20.00
These can be posted for an additional £1.00
Q. What happens during a screening?
A. The appointment lasts one hour. The assessment takes around 30-45 minutes and involves completing several short exercises to build a profile of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. It is very user friendly and not at all like traditional exams. We then have time to discuss the results and answer any questions you may have. You then receive a written report through the post.
Q: How do I make payment?
A: Payment can be made by cash, bank transfer or standing order, termly in advance, or per week as sessions are attended. We currently are unable to accept card payments.
Q. If the screening shows someone is dyslexic, do they need a full educational assessment?
A. No, in most cases schools and employers will accept the screening results.
Q: Do I get the Screening test results on the day?
A. Yes. There is usually time at the end of the screening to go through the results. A written report will be sent via email or post after the test.
Q: Are you open during the school holidays?
A: Yes. We remain open throughout school holidays with the exception of Christmas/ New Year and Bank Holidays. This allows students extra time to continue on the programme to maintain development.
Q: How many children are there at a time?
A: We have a maximum of 5 children at any one time which allows our tutors plenty of time to spend with each child should they need it.
Q: Is it like school?
A: No, we are not like school (not that anything is wrong with school!) We offer a very relaxed and friendly environment where the children are assigned their own work for their session. We do not follow the school curriculum however our lessons are tightly structured. Lessons are individually tailored and are not taught in a classroom style. All students that attend lessons with us struggle, to some degree, with literacy. Therefore they understand what it is like to find things difficult and it is often nice for them to not 'feel' like they are the only ones who struggle and need that extra bit of extra help.
Q: Will your lessons interfere with what school are doing?
A: No, our lessons do not affect or disrupt the work that school are delivering. IDL is an intervention programme which can sit comfortably along side school teaching.
Q: How long do students normally attend lessons for?
A: It varies for each student depending on what level they are on when the begin lessons with us and what point they would be happy to reach. We have had students attend for 6 months of booster sessions and we have had students who have attended throughout their school lives. Children that attend lessons with us can go above their expected targets and carry on attending lessons for as long as it is felt it is needed. A block of 26 lessons is recommended before a reassessment takes place.
Q: Is their availability to start lessons straight away?
A: Yes normally there is, depending on which days and times you able to attend.
A Few of Our Success Stories
" Thank you for all the help and support that you have given my daughter Lucy. You gave her confidence and pride. Her report and SATs results were amazing and she wouldn't have done it without your nurturing."
" We would like to say a very big thank you to you all, for all your help and support over the last 7 years. Pippa has grown in confidence due to your kindness and encouragement. We sincerely appreciate all your support. We will miss you and not know what to do with our Saturday mornings now!"
" Thank you so much for all the help and support you've given Oliver over the years. The progress he's made is amazing and his confidence has also blossomed. He's doing really well at school. Thank you so much. I recommend your service so much and cannot praise you enough."