For many children with dyslexic difficulties the education system they encounter can act as a barrier to the development of their skills. As they experience regular situations in which they seem to 'fail' (not achieve as others do or as all are expected to for their age group) confidence and self esteem plummet.
Many with dyslexic differences have worked hard and achieved success at school. However when they move into further study and on into higher education they may not be able to cope as well with the extra demands of a higher level of learning.
For adults with dyslexia who have survived the education system the feelings of failure and associated lack of self worth can continue to affect them into adulthood, limiting aspirations and achievements.
For children, students and adults developing ways of approaching dyslexic difficulties can be a powerful tool through which they can begin to experience success resulting in an increase in confidence and a raising of self-esteem.
DYSLASS aims to provide appropriate one to one help and practical support to anyone who needs it whenever they need it. For further details of all the support we offer please follow the 'Help For' links.
As DYSLASS also believes that dyslexic difficulties can have an impact on all the family we also provide one to one tailor-made advice and support sessions for parents to help with any aspect of dyslexia. Please visit Help for Parents section for more details or feel free to contact us to see if we can help.
Joyce Rutledge BA(QTS), Dip.SpLD, APC is the founder of DYSLASS. As a qualified dyslexia specialist since 1998 she has acquired a depth of knowledge and a wealth of experience in supporting, teaching, advising and training individuals experiencing dyslexic differences. She has worked alongside primary and secondary pupils, students in further and higher education as well as adults in a variety of roles including university Disability Adviser, Learning Support Teacher for a local education authority and as a Senior Teacher with a leading dyslexia organisation.
At present she supports university students through the Disabled Students Allowance as well as providing strategy training for dyslexic adults in the workplace. She also works with KS1/KS2 pupils.
Joyce understands that living with dyslexia is not easy but believes that developing strategies with which to approach and deal with learning situations and with life can help individuals to achieve success in areas where they may have previously failed. She also feels that some dyslexic individuals may have strengths and skills that need to be identified and promoted.