Want To Find Out About Dyslexia? Dore Programme Offers Free Dyslexia Screening Test

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Free Dyslexia screening test offered in Stratford upon Avon by Dore.


‘If people think they might have dyslexic symptoms they are welcome to come and do the test,’

In response to a huge number of enquiries regarding dyslexia testing, Dore will for the first time offer the Dyslexia Screening Test free of charge on Saturday the 21st of August at their centre in Stratford upon Avon.

The Dyslexia Screening Test (DST) is a widely used tool which was developed by Sheffield University. It forms a valuable first step in deciding whether to request a further full assessment.

‘If people think they might have dyslexic symptoms they are welcome to come and do the test,’ says a spokesperson from Dore, ‘and the test will be at indicator of whether there are dyslexic tendencies’.

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that causes problems with learning language-based skills. It is a neurological condition that affects around 10 - 20% of the population to some degree. People who have dyslexia or dyslexia symptoms often have trouble with reading, writing and spelling. They may also have difficulties with concentration, short term memory, maths, co-ordination and communication skills. So, being incapable of paying attention for long periods of time, finding it hard to make friends, being prone to tantrums and seemingly insensitive to other people’s feelings can also be indications of a dyslexic condition.

The Dore Programme, based in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, offers a unique drug-free personalised exercise programme designed to stimulate the part of the brain (the cerebellum) which impacts our capacity to learn and process information. Dore see people from all parts of the UK and even have clients from the rest of the world coming to Warwickshire.

The Programme aims to improve the efficiency of the cerebellum (the brain’s skill learning centre) and get to the core of learning difficulties. Poor cerebellar efficiency causes difficulties in making some skills automatic, meaning that we struggle to do them without thinking. This can significantly impact on learning and achievement even with normal or above average intelligence.

The Programme is based around a practical exercise routine developed by doctors which requires real application and dedication from each participant with assistance from Dore’s professional support team. The Programme is accessible to all from the age of seven and is tailored for each individual. The individual will start at a level which is dependent on the results from assessments undertaken at an initial assessment with a Doctor and Coaches which cover areas such as reading and writing, coordination and attention.

The Programme aims to improve concentration, co-ordination, emotional control and confidence which are all symptoms associated with conditions widely referred to as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome.

A diagnosis for dyslexia is normally provided by an Educational Psychologist – the Dyslexia Screening Test is not a diagnosis but an important ‘at risk’ indicator and should not be seen as a stand-alone assessment, it needs putting into context.

As each test takes around 45 minutes you will need to book an appointment for 21st August 2010. Please call Alison on 01789 201474 to arrange a convenient time or to discuss any questions you might have.

For further information about Dore please see dore.co.uk or telephone 0333 123 0100 to speak to one of our programme advisors.


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