Through special clinics, the Dyslexia Research Trust (DRT) offers people with a range of learning difficulties - including dyslexia- a way forward to reach their full potential.

Our research programme asseses a child's reading, spelling and general ability.  We use these results to monitor the child's progress over a year.  In exchange for your participation in the research we offer practical advice about a way forward and help you to understand your child's needs and difficulties.  As the focus of the clinic is not on diagnosing a child's difficulty many parents find this assessment helpful because they are offered an alternative way of teaching their child to read and spell, which may work better for them.  The report you recive is a clear and simple guide on how best to help your child.

In addition to our research we hold a visual clinic, which offers assessments for children and adults who are complaining of visual symptoms not alleviated by regular glasses.  This condition is sometimes calles 'visual stress', 'binocular instability', scoptopic sensitivity or Meares Irlen syndrome.  Only a qualified vision professional like the Orthoptists in our clinic are allowed to conduct tests to assess for such difficulties, as recommended by PATOSS.  These visual assessments are a medical eye examination completed by a qualified and registered Orthoptist.  Any person struggling with these symptoms is then treated by coloured lenses which are supplied by the clinic.

What We Do

We see all children where there is any concern over their academic progress and, or children and adults with visual symptoms associated with reading.  We are a visual clinic - this is our main area of expertise. 

When children come for their appointment, we assess the following:

  • how clearly the eyes can see, the way they work together and the control of the particular eye movement systems involved in reading
  • spelling, reading, and general ability to obtain a baseline and monitor progress (for those under the age of 18)

Our research has led us to specialise in the particular properties of our specific blue and yellow lenses and the way they can affect and resolve the confusion some children and adults see when looking at the words. If the child or adult shows the need for the coloured glasses, we will provide them.

Results and management advice are given on the day of the appointment and later in a detailed written report.

We usually see the children again at 3 to 6 month intervals to monitor/track their progress.

Unfortunately we are unable to make an official diagnosis of dyslexia because this can normally only be done by an Educational/Chartered Psychologist, but we will give help and advice on strategies that can be done at home or at school to help overcome the difficulties we have identified.

 

Fees

Initial appointment: £245.00 (includes coloured glasses if deemed appropriate)

Follow up appointments: a suggested donation of £30.00 per visit

Note: Free initial appointments are available to those who’s gross total family income is below £20,000 a year.


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