Offering Individual Support
Each person’s strengths and weaknesses vary depending upon their preferences, their difficulties and personality. Alison has experience and training to support the range of difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and AD(H)D. She has also worked with a number of clients who have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) and autism as there are a range of neurodiversities that commonly overlap.
Alison’s aim is always to encourage the people that she works with to develop their full potential. She does this by helping them to develop ways of working which draw on their strengths.
In education, students need to develop their study skills in order to achieve a constantly increasing level of study. Alison has experience of working with teenagers through to mature students and has supported over 70 students, some for a number of years, others for short periods in order to get them over a hurdle.
In employment, adults need support to develop their strategies in order to complete their work role. Alison has worked with a number of organisations to enable their staff to flourish, often as they change role or gain a promotion, which can sometimes lead to difficulties that require new strategies.
Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) are categorised as a disability. This means that under the 2010 Equality Act an employee should be protected against discrimination and an employer has a duty to make “reasonable adjustments” that will in help an employee to do their job well. For example, allowing an employee to use headphones to block out background noise, or the use of speech to text software, so that they can hear text, rather than just reading it. Failure of an employer to provide reasonable adjustments can lead to potentially unlimited compensation being awarded by an employment tribunal.
Alison is based in Birmingham and sees clients from various walks of life who are privately funded or funded through an organisation such as Disabled Student’s Allowance, their training provider or their employer.
Alison has worked with a number of doctors in training to help them to succeed in their employment and in their examinations.