Monsarratt Dyslexia Services
It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia. Dyslexia affects the ability to retrieve items from long term memory and can affect your attention span and your ability to read and write. Similarly, dyscalculia affects around 5-10% of the UK. Dyscalculia? (between you and me that’s trouble with maths!)
Luckily support is available to identify and help people be successful at school and work. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Sarah-Jane…
Sarah-Jane runs Monsarratt Specialist Dyslexia Services who work with local schools and families assessing children (from 7 years) and adults for dyslexia and dyscalculia.
They look at reading, spelling, maths, memory, processing difficulties and writing speed. They can also diagnose dyspraxia (co-ordination difficulties) in adults.
D – I – S – C – O
Despite finding it too easy during school years in the 80’s to get distracted by discos, Sarah-Jane finished with a degree in geography in 1992. Years later, her eldest son was born and with a desire to spend more time with him, Sarah-Jane became a primary school teacher. After doing outreach work locally helping children to read, she trained as a special educational needs and disabilities coordinator. Full time work for local councils meant Sarah-Jane got the experience needed to become an expert in her field.
Wanna be starting something
Funding changes in schools in 2018, led to Monsarratt Specialist Dyslexia Services being born.
“I love being my own boss and master of my own destiny. I am solely responsible for the business but work closely with lots of school staff and professionals to support local school children. My husband and two sons would all say they work for me (unpaid, of course).”
You’re the Voice
“I love talking and meeting people and when I assess someone it’s like solving a puzzle. It’s rewarding to explain to someone that they are not stupid and they simply struggle with a particular aspect of school or university because of how their brain receives and processes information. It’s nice to be able to have a positive impact on how children and adults see themselves. It’s great to receive feedback and hear their confidence has grown whether that’s a child in school or an adult in work”
Princesses welcome, pop stars too
“During an assessment I use questions that test verbal ability and some of the answers from some of my younger clients have been hilarious. Sometimes I don’t know how I keep a straight face! One day I can be assessing a strapping 18 year old off to Uni the next day a 7 year old dressed as a princess. Never a dull moment and no two days are ever the same. I have even assessed the grandson of a famous lead singer from the 1980s”
Those discos definitely paid off then!
Quiet, easy to find and plenty of parking
Pre-Covid-19 Sarah-Jane assessed in schools everyday. Then the demand to implement social distancing measures and ensure compliance introduced the need for her own office space.
The location of the Terry Dicken Business Park was perfect being close to local schools and families and providing plenty of space for hosting training sessions.
“Mark and Sue (and Dave!) have been very friendly, welcoming and have been so helpful in getting me settled in. The offices are well maintained and I am more than happy to welcome clients into the office space. It is ideal for assessments as it’s private, quiet and easy to find with free parking and the communal areas are kept clean and well looked after.”
Special shout out to Dave here. The parks’ very own Mr Fix-it. No job too big or small and always a warm greeting no matter the weather!
In response to the pandemic, Sarah-Jane has introduced dedicated days each week for private clients. An assessment could help parents to discuss measures with schools and get help quicker. If you’d like to find out more Monsarratt Specialist Dyslexia Services can be found at:
Office 10, 2 Roseberry Court, Terry Dicken Business Park, Ellerbeck Way, Stokesley TS9 5QT