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Reading and spelling need to be measured but we make this as stress-free
as possible. If you can’t read or spell much, you will not have to do much.
But the errors you make will help us to help you.
We observe 'freewriting'. We check laterality and test to see if the eyes are converging. We also assess any need for coloured overlays. Simple balance tests may be done if deemed necessary.
In addition, to assessments specifically looking for dyslexia positives (including simple mental arithmetic subtests) we measure cognitive functioning. Both verbal and non-verbal skills will be tested via standardised measures.
Some of these (such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales) are 'closed' and cannot be used by specialist teachers who offer assessments – even if they are PATOSS members. Our aim is to cover all aspects of a learning profile.
Everyone working as an assessor with Access Education not only has a Masters degree,
but also a wealth of experience in psychology and education.
All test results are overseen by Christina who is a Consultant Educationalist with 30 years experience specialising in dyslexia. Her initial specialist training was undertaken at St Bartholomew's Hospital (Dept of Psychological Medicine), where she gained a Diploma and went on to work in the Department as a Dyslexia Therapist under Beve Hornsby. Their relationship as friends and co-workers continued until Prof Hornsby’s ultimate retirement in 2004.
Christina also holds a Diploma in Education from the University of Wales (Bangor) in the Assessment and Remediation of Dyslexia. She was awarded a Master of Education degree from the Psychology Dept at Bangor (well known as a centre of excellence in dyslexia research) for her dissertation entitled 'Positively Dyslexic'. This is available in the National Library of Wales (Cardiff).
No-one else in the UK is currently assessing and teaching with this comprehensive combination of qualifications. They enable Christina to use ‘closed’ tests which can only be purchased and used by appropriately qualified practitioners (usually Educational Psychologists).
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The Head of our Centre is Christina Jubb. Relevant qualifications include:
Dip Dyslexia (St Bartholomew's)
Cert Ed. (B'ham)
Dip.Ed. in the Assessment & Remediation of Dyslexia (Bangor)
Master of Education (Psychology, Bangor)
Doctoral Researcher in Neuroscience (Southampton)
Approved Teacher AMBDA - British Dyslexia Association Reg. No. 10
In addition, Christina's approved teacher status (AMBDA Reg. No. 10) is one of the earliest on record, showing the depth of her experience. What’s more, Christina still liaises with medical ex-colleagues within the world of Neuroscience.
Christina’s doctoral research interests centred on cerebral hemisphere differences.
Apart from an on-going interest in the differences in the dyslexic brain, Christina has undertaken other training, e.g. in 'Nutrition', ‘Intelligence Testing’ and 'How the Eyes Work' (Institute of Optometry).
Christina's roles have included tutoring and lecturing in various parts of the world, including Europe, America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. She has worked as a dyslexia tutor for two Royal families. In the mid 1990s Christina set up a Dyslexia Unit in Jordan for bi-lingual school pupils (aged 4-18).
Here in the UK, Christina's work with children has covered everything from 'one to one' to being Head of Special Needs Unit within a school. Christina also runs training courses lecturing on dyslexia. She has worked as a Learner Support lecturer in both Further Education and within Universities.
Additional training in Psychotherapy enables Christina to fulfil her role as a Dyslexia Therapist in cases of psychological need. If left undiagnosed or unacknowledged, frustrations can build. This can lead to self-medicating (with alcohol for example). With early diagnosis this can be avoided.