DYSLEXIA ASSESSMENTS, WORKSHOPS & TUTORING ADVICE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
DYSLEXIA VICTORIA ONLINE offers:
* Dyslexia assessments for children, adults and employees in the workplace or looking for job placement.
* Dyslexia teaching solutions and accommodations for children, adults and employees.
* Workshops for Dyslexia Awareness, Teaching Solutions and Accommodations.
* We are located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada. We travel on and off the island for our services. Some areas will require travel expenses.
Please contact Karey Hope for more information and to set up an appointment or workshop.
Dear Howie and Karen, Thank you again for your presentation and display at our provincial conference for Aboriginal Head Start, Canadian Prenatal Nutrition, and Community Action Program for Children programs. You will see that people got a lot from your presentation. We were fortunate to be able to have you present.
This presentation was really good, it was really nice to learn (about my husband) what I already knew. This is not a criticism by any means, I guess I am left-brain. I could feel increased heart rate, symptoms of stress (sweaty palms, anxiety feelings) with presentation because it was bouncy back & forth (like my husband can get) and it felt scattered. There were the 4 of you, the screen, Howie & Karen, participants all going back and forth, back and forth. It felt like watching a tennis game. However, this being said you were very prepared, very knowledgeable and the info good. I do the Nobody's Perfect and even in my family visits I incorporate different learning styles, as I have always believed everyone learns different. So nice to learn the importance of recognizing that it is so important in the learning and frustration in children.
Read Cate Frearson's (business consultant) article: "Right and Left Brain Employees Communicate Differently, Sometimes Really Differently" that describes how Dyslexic employees often feel in the workplace.
MINI-ASSESSMENT FOR DYSLEXIC ISSUES
The session takes about one hour and determines whether the Barrier to Employment may be Dyslexia or a student's learning problems are due to Dyslexia issues.
At this point we can suggest whether a comprehensive assessment is recommended. Included in this session we determine the "Learning Style" of the individual and whether coloured acetates are effective.
Assessments take about three hours. We assess for Dyslexia indicators and what the areas of weaknesses and strengths are for the client. We determine the client's appropriate Learning Style, what work skills they are proficient at and those that need to be improved. We also make suggestions for accommodations and adjustments and teaching solutions for students and adults.
The written report can be used to communicate the findings to teachers, a Human Resources department or an Occupational Therapist for accommodations and adjustments. Our reports have been used by Student Support Staff in setting up specific teaching plans for Dyslexic students in the classroom and employers creating a better work environment for Dyslexic employees.
ONE ON ONE "LIFE SKILLS" COACHING FOR DYSLEXICS
Our "Life Skills" coaching sessions have had great success and most often the client has a significant grasp of their learning difference after about six hours. This is broken into two to three hour sessions.
Usually when an individual realizes that the unique way they learn is valuable and just as appropriate as any other learning process they tend to become much more confident in their abilities.
By using their own learning and thinking style they will be just as effective in their jobs as their co-workers. We also provide handouts and information about Dyslexia for the client.
2 HOUR "DYSLEXIA AWARENESS" PRESENTATION
This presentation introduces the attendees to the general theories of how the Right and Left hemispheres of the brain processes information and how this relates to Dyslexia. We explain why we see Dyslexia as a gift and learning difference rather than a disability.
We also explain many of the superior traits that the Dyslexic can bring to an employer or to the classroom. The presentation includes a Question and Answer period at the end and the attendees receive a handout that reviews all the topics discussed. This is very helpful in describing Dyslexia in terms that are easily understood without medical jargon.
This is presented by a successful Dyslexic mother of three extremely successful Dyslexic adult children who are happy, confident and effective in their work. Appropriate for facilitators of all types, teachers and tutors, parents of Dyslexic children, employers who want to understand what their employees are going through and for Dyslexic individuals as well. We require pre-registration and at least four attendees.
6 HOUR "INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP"
The topics introduced in the two hour presentation are expanded on. Really, this is a two part workshop that includes research on Dyslexia, recent findings in the UK and New Zealand where "Dyslexia Friendly Best Practices" have been proven successful time and again over the past 15 years.
During the workshop participants have many opportunities to experience examples of what cause confusion for the Dyslexic but in a way that affects the non-dyslexic as well. Specific skills and methods for spotting "Indicators" of Dyslexia as well as simple checklists are taught.
This workshop is also appropriate for the same group as the two hour presentation and has been attended by tutors, teachers, professional Service Providers and care-givers as well. Attendees receive a training session certificate by Dyslexia Victoria Online.
We also require pre-registration and at least four attendees.
This is the industry standard dictation software that converts dictated speech into a Word document. The software must be included by the individual and the Windows operating system needs to be on the computer. The first session must be a two hour minimum because the system needs to be initialized so the software can recognize the client's voice patterns. Additional instruction can be done in one hour segments.
Another highly regarded software package that reads out loud documents that are on a computer in the Windows operating system. Again, the software must be purchased by the client but can be installed by us. This package also requires a two hour set up session. Total training usually takes from three to four hours.
Ginger software is the leading contextual spell and grammar checker on the market today. Based on a full sentence context, Ginger can automatically correct severe spelling and grammatical mistakes at an unmatched success rate. It enables users to produce error free texts, quickly and easily. Works with all Windows formats. Loading, set up and initial training takes about 90 minutes.