Is it dyslexia?
The term dyslexia is often used to cover a wide variety of problems experienced when tackling academic work. In fact dyslexia is one of a few types of specific learning difficulty (SpLD). It is also possible to have more than one specific learning difficulty. Such issues can be briefly defined as follows:
- dyslexia: difficulties with fluent word reading and spelling
- dyspraxia: problems with motor co-ordination and organisation of thought, speech and work
- dyscalculia: a difficulty performing mathematical calculations
- dysgraphia: issues with handwriting
These learning difficulties can typically impact on an individual’s motor skills, information processing ability and memory.
Many with SpLD may have visual-perceptual problems.
This affects their reading of print on white paper, on whiteboards, and on computers. David has considerable experience in this area and refers regularly to optometrists, with particular expertise in how visual-perceptual issues relate to problems with learning.
David Bash has over 20 years successful experience as a specialist teacher of young people with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, etc). He worked for many years as Co-ordinator of Learning Support, within a large state school in the London Borough of Enfield. David regularly assesses learners’ levels of ability and achievement for the purposes of both putting into place the most effective teaching support and, for making submissions to relevant authorities with regard to extra time, EHC plan and Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) applications.
David currently offers private tuition and full diagnostic assessments for students of all ages, from primary school pupils through to adult learners. He uses both a rigorous and a creative approach to his teaching, which is geared to each individual’s needs and learning styles. David is based in North London.
David is fully DBS checked and has been a practitioner member of PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with SpLD) since 2011.
The Importance of Assessments
David believes that these assessments are very important events for people. “When I see children, teenagers and adults for SpLD assessment, we meet usually for between 3 to 4 hours of diagnostic tests and conversation. This assessment process is often quite a watershed in the lives of those who come to see me. Realising that the difficulties you have been experiencing are not because you are ‘lazy’ or ‘stupid’ or because you ‘can’t pay attention’ is quite a discovery. Recognising in fact that you are an intelligent person with a specific difficulty or difficulties – dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia – for which (with help) you can adopt strategies to either partially overcome or compensate, can be both an empowering and moving experience.”
Contact David by telephone (07931 578239) – or send an email for further details or to arrange an appointment regarding tuition and and/or assessment. Click here to view recent testimonials for David’s private tuition/ assessment work.