I have 20 years experience working with children and young people, from those in the early years learning to talk and making their first letter marks, through to teaching A-level. I currently work both for the local authority (BHCC) and as an assessor for independent schools. I have recently worked for several years as a Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) in a large maintained secondary school in East Sussex and prior to that I was a specialist teacher for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). I have supported children with complex needs as well as academically able high achieving students.
I begin by seeking to understand what a child or young person wants to achieve and then using their strengths to support them to overcome areas of weakness. Ensuring children and young people feel happy and have fun while they are with me, is essential as is a creative approach to problem solving. This enables me to build self esteem and support the children and young people that I work with on their journey to independence.
Please listen to my short video and read my blog on, "Boxing with words" to find out a little bit more about my approach.
Getting in touch
If you would like more information about how I may be able to help your child, please call me on 0788 625 8534, email me, DyslexiaInspire@gmail.com or use the form at the end of the page.
Anna is instantly likeable and right away I felt that she was the right person to assess our son for dyslexia. Anna spent over 5 hours at our home performing a staggering amount of diagnostic tests in order to get an extremely thorough picture of his strengths and areas for improvement. The finished report was beyond thorough and we were staggered with the amount of detail and observations it contained. Our 9 year old son now goes to see Anna once a week for one-to-one support for his dyslexia. He loves going there and we have had no complaints despite his lesson being at 5:30pm on a Monday evening! I thoroughly recommend Anna as she is not only very professional, knowledgeable and caring but she has been able to help us coordinate appropriate support within the school setting. Anna I cannot thank you enough, we are forever grateful.
Amelia and Gus
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia exists on a continuum and every person with dyslexia is different. It is broadly considered that 10% of the population are dyslexic. The Rose (2009) definition of dyslexia has been widely adopted by professionals and organisations specialising in dyslexia,
"Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia. A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well-founded intervention."
The benefits of understanding dyslexia?
Thinking differently can bring enormous benefits, we only have to look at the influence of many successful people with dyslexia to recognise this. Many dyslexic people show tremendous strengths in other areas. It is a privilege to support children and young people to overcome their difficulties and recognise their strengths.
The British Dyslexia Association has a wealth of information about dyslexia.
Contact Anna Frendo using the links below or the contact page at the bottom.
Some children have co-occurring difficulties and need support from other specialists.
I have worked with Lucy Sanctuary when supporting children on the autistic spectrum, she is also an expert in ADHD and I would highly recommend her.
I have spent much of my career using the outdoor classroom and holistic learning experiences to support young people and have worked with Hayley Cox in that capacity. She is very experienced and offers a range of forest school sessions near Lewes.
If you are unsure whether a dyslexia assessment is appropriate, I am very happy to discuss this with you and to to suggest alternative pathways or professionals when it is best to do so.
Lucy is a specialist Speech & Language Therapist and Cognitive Behaviour Practitioner (CBT) who works with children and young people who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Lucy is very highly qualified and offers a wide range of services, including autism assess