Who We Are
Assist Dyslexia is being established primarily to provide specialised tuition to children with Specific Learning Difficulties ie Dyslexia. Each child with Dyslexia has differing needs as their deficit can be mild, moderate or severe and there are also different types of Specific Learning Difficulty so Assist Dyslexia will devise individual learning plans for each child. All of the children will then be assessed at the end of every term and the learning programme will be adjusted as literacy levels increase.
The initial programme concentrates on increasing base literacy levels ie reading and spelling skills. When a child reaches age appropriate levels, the programme can be expanded to include improving comprehension, free writing skills and the technical components of English such as grammar, punctuation and proofreading.
Children with Dyslexia will always need support both at school and at home. Assist Dyslexia believes that it is essential that parents have a basic knowledge of Dyslexia so that they can advocate for their children throughout the school system. Parents will also need to understand the specific difficulties with learning that their child experiences and become familiar with tuition techniques and learning aids that will enable their child to learn and progress through primary, secondary and even third level education.
Assist Dyslexia will provide basic information talks and intensive training workshops to parents. These will range from short two-hour information talks to three-day courses that explain the range of learning deficits and provide practical techniques that will enable parents to support learning at home and will allow them to engage with schools to ensure their children’s rights are protected.
Dolores ran her own retail business, a large supermarket, for many years and was responsible for all staff rotas and wages. All projections and book-keeping for the business were either personally done or overseen by Dolores. She became interested in Adult Education towards the end of her time in retail and initially completed a literacy tutor training course in 2003. Following the successful sale of the business she has completely changed career and has since worked solely in the education field. Initially she was a volunteer, but quickly progressed to group tuition. Dyslexia fascinated her from the beginning and she attended a number of seminars specifically concentrating on all areas of Specific Learning Difficulties.
Dolores also decided to gain qualifications in the field of Adult Education. First she completed a Certificate in Literacy Development with the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and in 2014 she completed her BA Degree in Adult Education. Dolores then undertook and completed the Teacher Training Course in Dyslexia with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, still managing to tutor her groups throughout this period.
Dolores still works part time with the LEAP Adult Literacy Scheme in Carrick-on-Shannon and tutors groups of Dyslexic adults. In recent times many of these groups have attained FETAC awards and City & Guilds awards in Office English.
The business background, interest in Dyslexia and her qualifications in Adult Education and Dyslexia all contributed to the desire to start a business specialising in Dyslexic tuition and training for children and adults with Dyslexia.
Anne has been involved in education for twenty-five years. Her career began when she was appointed as a part-time Adult Literacy Organiser in 1990 and she established and has managed the literacy scheme in Leitrim since then. In addition, she has also worked as a VTOS tutor, teaching Pitman’s Business English and Leaving Certificate English and History.
From an early stage, Anne became interested in Dyslexia and she established and directed the DAI workshop in Leitrim in 1991. This catered to children from both National and Second Level. While directing the workshop Anne did her initial teaching certificate in Dyslexia with the ACLD now the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. She then completed a two year post-graduate Diploma in Dyslexia with the International Hornsby College in England and more recently completed an advanced certificate in the teaching of Dyslexia with Learn Direct.
In the intervening years Anne has trained adult educators, literacy tutors, teachers and parents in the identification and tuition of children and adults with Dyslexia. Over the years Anne has become increasingly aware of the lack of support, education and training for children, parents and teachers in the area of Dyslexia and she is confident Assist Dyslexia will be able to provide an essential service which will be in demand