Coaching for Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
Do you know that you’re dyslexic but think you ought to have grown out of your problems now that you’re an adult?
Do you think you might be dyslexic but don’t know what to do about frequently forgetting and losing things, living in a constant mess and feeling frustrated or anxious about it?
Do you want to explore your difficulties and challenges and find some friendly ways to work and do things so that you feel happier in your own skin?
Here is your opportunity to do something to help yourself in a friendly, non-judgemental, adult environment.
What is dyslexia?
In the adult years dyslexia is best understood as an information processing problem that affects working memory and the speed at which information is processed. Dyslexic people can be highly creative, good at problem solving and understanding the big picture, and be good socialisers and communicators. But their underlying working memory difficulties mean that they can find it difficult to remember information they have just heard, such as a sequence of verbal instructions, or to multi-task efficiently using words, for example reading and project writing.
What is dyspraxia?
In the adult years dyspraxia can be revealed in challenges with efficiently forming, planning and executing thought or actions, which is influenced by visual working memory and information processing speed. Dyspraxic people can have excellent literacy skills, be creative and original thinkers, and have good communication skills and empathy towards others. But their working memory difficulties mean that they can experience challenges in planning and carrying out tasks, in multi-tasking and co-ordinating activities, and in personal and general organisation.
Being dyslexic or dyspraxic in the adult world
No two dyslexic or dyspraxic people are alike – every person will experience dyslexia and dyspraxia in a unique way because of the nature of their skills, talents, personality difference and their response to the challenges they face. Being dyslexic does not stop you from being a good reader or a talented writer. Equally, being dyspraxic does not stop you from being good at sport.
You are unique and amazing; your passion, motivation, persistence and skills can help you to achieve your goals and pursue your interests. What is needed is that you understand your own difficulties and learn how to work with them and work around them. This in turn will enable you to make good choices, develop your skills and talents, and be successful in your chosen profession or craft.
What I can do for you
I am a specialist in coaching adults with dyslexia and dyspraxia.
I have been working since 1999 alongside Professor David McLoughlin and Dr Carol Leather, renowned adult dyslexia specialists, at the Independent Dyslexia Consultants, London. I offer skills and strategy development coaching to university students and people in employment. Currently, I also work with dyslexic doctors taking professional examinations.
What coaching involves
The coaching is tailored to your needs and can include memory recall strategies, advice on planning and self-organisation, managing self-esteem concerns, and developing strategies for managing stress and coping with change.
You do not need to have a formal diagnosis of dyslexia or dyspraxia to have coaching. If you have been diagnosed, we can use that report to focus attention on your abilities and your weaknesses and ensure that we target what you can do well and use that as a way of supporting and accommodating the challenges you face.
Prepare to learn to be a more relaxed version of you!
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- McLoughlin, D. & Kirwan, B. M. (2007): ‘Coaching and Dyslexia in the workplace’ in Selection and Development Review, 23. 3-7.