It is estimated that 15% of people have dyslexia or/and another Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyspraxia or dyscalculia, so it is highly likely that there will be neurodiversity in the workplace.
Dyslexic people bring significant skills to an organisation, often bringing a unique way of looking at solutions to problems with their skills of reasoning, connecting, visualising, imagining, exploring and communicating.
However, a change of role or a promotion can sometimes mean that suddenly you are struggling to keep up with the administration, meetings or organisational skills that are expected.
Reasonable adjustments are the steps that can be taken to help people to gain the most from their strengths and their ability to think differently, whilst helping to minimise the weaknesses. Sometimes the simplest changes can make the greatest difference.
A full diagnostic assessment takes into account what you are finding difficult in your workplace and makes recommendations to yourself and your employer to enable you to succeed.
If you have any questions about dyslexia, ADHD and assessments in Somerset and the UK, please contact me at Identify Potential.
Under the Equality Act of 2010, employers must make reasonable adjustments to ensure workers with disabilities are not substantially disadvantaged when doing their jobs and have equal opportunities to succeed.
With a full diagnostic assessment you will be offered an Access to Work needs assessment and may be able to get a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace which can include your home if you work from there some or all of the time. An Access to Work grant can pay for special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings. For more information about Access to Work, visit gov.uk.
For managers, through this assessment we can provide recommendations on ways to support individuals in order to improve staff productivity and retention and a achieve a happier, more effective team.
Initially, information will be gathered from yourself to establish the nature of the difficulties being experienced.
Following this, an assessment is arranged. This can either be face to face in your own home or my assessment room in Somerset. Or alternatively I can now offer online assessments, which for some people are more convenient or comfortable, which takes place on a Zoom call.
The assessment takes around 2-3 hours (but can be split into 2 sessions if required).
A carefully selected series of tests look at how someone learns and retains information, which provides a detailed understanding of person's strengths and challenges and how these relate to their work.
The assessments will include tests in 3 key areas:
It would also take into account other difficulties such as memory and concentration, co-ordination and dexterity and any difficulties with the concept of number.
If you have any questions about the assessment process in Somerset and the UK, please contact me at Identify Potential.
The information gathered and results of the assessments will be collated to form a formal report which will also make individualised recommendations for support in the workplace. A diagnosis of dyslexia will be made clear within the report should evidence be found to support this.
Reports are user friendly, clear and accessible and will be ready in around 2 to 3 weeks.
Workplace Assessments – £350
For more information about dyslexia and ADHD assessments in Somerset and the UK, please contact me at Identify Potential.
"Sally was lovely and really helpful. The report was done really quickly and had everything in it that I needed and explained my difficulties in a way that was easy for my tutor to understand. Would definitely recommend."