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Cheshire Dyslexia Solutions for Dyslexia Assessment and Support

Experienced dyslexia assessor and consultant based in Cheshire

My name is Caroline Hough and I am an experienced specialist dyslexia teacher and assessor with many years of experience assessing and supporting individuals of all ages with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

I have worked in a variety of settings covering all age groups. In addition to delivering support and assessing individuals I have managed support services and have advised schools on dyslexia friendly teaching methods.

I now carry out assessments in schools, colleges and privately. I provide an access arrangement service to a number of schools and colleges. I regularly deliver dyslexia awareness talks to schools and parents and provide a bespoke consultancy service to advise schools about their provision for children with specific learning difficulties – including access arrangements, training for teachers and support staff and advising on the needs of individual children.

Caroline Hough BEd. AMBDA, PG Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy, Assessment Practising Certificate – PATOSS, SASC

DBS checked, holds professional indemnity insurance and registered with the data protection agency


Dyslexia Assessments

  • Full diagnostic dyslexia assessments for children aged 7 -16
  • Full diagnostic assessments for individuals aged over 16 for dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. These assessments meet the criteria of the Disabled Students' Allowance
  • Full diagnostic assessments for the workplace

Dyslexia Assessment for children (Age 7-16)

Schools and individuals who contact me often have an idea that the child in question is dyslexic. They may have experience of other members of their family having similar problems, or have been advised by their school that dyslexia is suspected. Sometimes screening tests have been carried out at school which show possible dyslexia.

A full diagnostic assessment is the only way to know for certain whether this is the case. It can be helpful for all concerned as recommendations made can guide parents and school to support the child effectively. Children can often feel that they are ‘stupid’ and a diagnosis and appropriate mentoring can show them the strengths and potential they have.

The assessment will take between 2.5-3 hours to complete. Prior to the assessment parents and schools will be asked to fill in a background information questionnaire. The assessment comprises of a series of tests to measure current levels of reading, spelling, handwriting, maths, phonological awareness, memory skills, speed of processing and visual and verbal ability.

Within two weeks of the assessment a detailed report will be emailed to either the school or parents. This report will confirm the diagnosis. Recommendations will be made for support and it will also recommend any access arrangements for exams, such as extra time, reader or scribe. Recommendations may be made for any areas which require further investigation, such as visual stress, dyspraxia or ADHD.

Where a young person is in year nine or above it is possible to provide the school with the relevant JCQ paperwork at no extra cost so that appropriate access arrangements can be put in place for GCSE and ‘A’ level examinations. Schools need to be involved with this process as they need to provide evidence that any access arrangements in place are the normal way of working for that person. It is the decision of the institution as to what if any access arrangements are put in place.

Diagnostic Assessment to Apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) Age 16 +

The Disabled Students' Allowances is a government funds from which all UK students with a disability (including those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia) can apply to. These funds can help with the cost of specialist equipment, one to one support and access arrangements.


A full diagnostic assessment carried out after the young person’s 16th birthday by a Specialist Assessor holding a current Assessment Practising Certificate supports the application for a DSA as evidence of dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia. The report is written in accordance with the DfES and SASC Guidelines. The assessment will take approximately three hours to complete.

Services for Schools and Colleges

Individual schools have different requirements so please get in touch if you feel I can be of help to you.

Some of my recent work has included:

  • Diagnostic assessments
  • Screening to support teaching and learning
  • Access arrangement assessment in primary, high schools and colleges
  • Dyslexia awareness training for teachers, support staff and parents
  • Training for teaching assistants to deliver effective support to dyslexic students

Tuition and support for parents

As a teacher trained to support individuals of all ages with specific learning difficulties I can offer advice and guidance about suitable support.

Parents often ask how they can help their child and I offer regular parents workshops to help parents understand their children’s difficulties and to show them ways of helping their children.

Younger children may benefit from multisensory cumulative teaching programmes where overlearning techniques are used to build automaticity and confidence.

GCSE and ‘A’ level students may benefit from study skills tuition which aim to equip students with the necessary skills to approach their studies at this level. Workshop sessions are offered during the holidays to help students learn techniques and gain confidence. Topics covered in these sessions would include:

  • memory techniques
  • note taking strategies
  • reading strategies
  • essay planning, writing and proof reading
  • revision and exam techniques

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a Greek Word, which means 'difficulty with words'.

  • The British Dyslexia Association have a great deal of information about dyslexia on their website. http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
  • They provide a list of indicators of dyslexia for different age groups. If a child or young person has several of these indications, further investigation should be made. The child may be dyslexic, or there may be other reasons. This is not a checklist, but you can access this list at - http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/parent/indication-of-dyslexia