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Unraveling Dyslexia: A Conversation with Julie, Dyslexia Assessor and Specialist Teacher


In the fourth episode of SEND Tutoring’s Podcast, we had the pleasure of welcoming Julie, an ex-Primary school teacher turned specialist teacher turned Dyslexia Assessor. As one of SEND Tutoring’s Specialists, Julie shared her passion for working with children, empowering them to discover strategies for managing dyslexia. The episode delves into the importance of early screening for dyslexia and the transformative impact it can have on a child's educational journey.

The Love for Helping Children:

Julie's journey from a Primary school teacher to a Dyslexia Assessor is fueled by her love for the job. In the episode, she expresses her deep satisfaction in working with children, guiding them to develop strategies that enable them to navigate the challenges posed by dyslexia. Her commitment to early screening and intervention is evident as she emphasises the crucial role it plays in supporting dyslexic children.

Early Screening Techniques:

A key highlight of the episode is Julie's discussion on early screening for dyslexia. She reveals innovative techniques that allow screening even before children learn to read. By using images and testing memory, along with assessing how children process sounds, it becomes possible to identify dyslexia and implement interventions early in a child's academic journey. This proactive approach sets the foundation for effective support and tailored learning strategies.

The Questions: The questions posed to Julie in this episode provide valuable insights into her journey and expertise:

What Made You Become a Dyslexic Assessor?
  • Julie shares the motivation behind her transition from a traditional teaching role to becoming a Dyslexia Assessor. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of dyslexic children and helping them unlock their potential is evident throughout the conversation.

Changes Over Time:
  • Though time constraints prevented the exploration of this question, the episode does touch upon the changes Julie has observed over the years as a teacher and assessor. Listeners gain a glimpse into the evolving landscape of support and understanding for dyslexic children.

Strategies for Anxiety in the Pandemic:
  • Given the current times, the discussion naturally leads to how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted children's anxiety levels. Julie sheds light on her observations and shares effective strategies to address anxiety, ensuring that dyslexic children receive the support they need during these challenging times.

Looking Ahead:

The episode concludes with the promise of Julie's return in the future. Listeners can anticipate more insights from this dedicated Dyslexia Assessor as she continues to contribute to the understanding and support of dyslexic children. The ongoing dialogue showcases the commitment of SEND Tutoring and its specialists to addressing the unique needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Stay tuned for more informative and engaging conversations on future episodes.

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