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Hull & East Yorkshire's only registered charity for dyslexia.

Support for Parents 

Dyslexia Sparks provides a range of services to support your child or young person, including dyslexia assessments, specialist tuition, online parent support group, and wrap-around guidance and advice. We offer this support in a friendly, professional environment and are here to help you at every stage of your dyslexia journey.

Please click on the links below to find out more about the different ways we can support you and your child.



Parent Support Group



Parent Support Group

Dyslexia assessments for children

‘Having an assessment with Dyslexia Sparks has changed my son’s life – I now understand why he has been struggling and what we can do to support him.’

What should I do if I think my child is dyslexic?

If you’ve noticed your child is struggling with reading, writing and spelling and you suspect they might be dyslexic; an assessment is a crucial step in understanding things better.

That’s where we come in.

Assessments by Dyslexia Sparks provide the opportunity to receive a formal diagnosis of dyslexia.

During an assessment, our experienced and qualified specialists gather information on your child’s underlying abilities and skills by carrying out a series of specifically designed activities.

Reading, writing and spelling skills are assessed, as well as underlying verbal and visual abilities. Memory, processing skills and phonological awareness are also measured.

The results give you

  • a formal diagnosis of dyslexia if present;
  • a detailed understanding of your child’s strengths and areas they’re experiencing difficulties in;
  • insight into areas needing support and what is likely to suit them best in terms of learning methods.

Our dyslexia assessments take 2-2.5 hours, including breaks. They are carried out face-to-face in the professional yet friendly environment of our centre in Hessle, East Yorkshire.

Contact us to book an appointment or for further information.

How do I get my child tested for dyslexia?

  • Dyslexia is identified through diagnostic assessments carried out by our qualified assessors.
  • You do not need a referral from a GP to be assessed for dyslexia. But dyslexia does need to be formally diagnosed by a qualified SpLD assessor. Our specialist team holds the appropriate qualifications and is highly experienced in the field of dyslexia.

How is dyslexia diagnosed?

  • Our dyslexia assessments are carried out on a 1:1 basis with a member of our specialist, qualified team in our centre in Hessle.
  • Working through a series of activities, we measure:
    • literacy – word reading, decoding skills, writing, spelling, reading comprehension, speed of reading;
    • underlying abilities – verbal and visual;
    • cognitive processing – phonological awareness, phonological memory, short-term and working auditory memory, information-processing speed;
    • mathematical attainment (where deemed necessary).
  • Dyslexia Sparks assessors take time to make sure your child feels relaxed; our assessments are not carried out in exam-type conditions. We explain each activity to ensure they feel comfortable and understand what’s expected each step of the way.
  • We provide a ‘what to expect’ PowerPoint (including images and basic info) for you to look at with your child before you attend – this helps them to know what to expect and to feel more relaxed ahead of the appointment.

When can my child be tested for dyslexia?

  • Children aged seven years and over can be assessed for dyslexia.
  • Contact Dyslexia Sparks direct to book a dyslexia assessment.

Do you carry out assessments for adults?

  • Yes – please click HERE for further information on how we can support adults with an assessment for dyslexia.

What happens after the dyslexia assessment?

  • Following a dyslexia assessment with Dyslexia Sparks we’ll provide you with detailed and clear feedback on the information we’ve gathered.
  • We offer a choice of verbal and written assessment reports, contact us for full details.
  • Based on the information gathered we provide specific recommendations for formal adjustments, such as extra time in exams. We also give recommendations for in-class assistance, learning strategies and additional support. At-home advice is also provided.
  • Following a dyslexia diagnosis you have the option to begin specialist tuition – a personalised programme of teaching to improve individual skills.

‘A dyslexia diagnosis is not an end but a beginning. An assessment highlights an individual’s unique abilities and the ideal ways for them to process information. This powerful insight opens the door to a way of learning that is better suited to them – and helps dyslexic individuals achieve their full potential.’

Jane CraigFounding Director | Dyslexia Sparks

Why choose Dyslexia Sparks for an assessment?

  • We provide ongoing support for your child and you – this begins when you first make contact and continues for as long as you need it – many parents get in touch (sometimes years later!) to ask for further advice – we go above and beyond to ensure we do everything we can to help.
  • Our specialist team is highly experienced in the field of dyslexia and has a good understanding of other SpLDs such as ASD and ADHD, so knows how to support your child during the assessment.
  • Our team holds the necessary qualifications and ongoing CPD to offer a formal and recognised diagnosis of dyslexia  – click HERE for further info
  • As a registered charity we’re able to provide financial support to eligible households in Hull and East Yorkshire to help with the cost of assessments and tuition.

We can communicate directly with your child’s school, to advise on recommendations.

You’ll have access to ongoing advice and support such as specialist tuition and parent support

We are committed to helping dyslexic individuals reach their potential and find their spark.

Specialist Tuition

After a year of trying to get further, I only wish we’d found them sooner!’

Parent of a Dyslexia Sparks Student

What is specialist tuition for dyslexia? How can it help my child?

  • Our specialist tuition delivers results. We have a proven track record in improving the reading, spelling, writing and maths skills of our dyslexic students.
  • Many dyslexic people struggle with traditional methods of teaching. Our specialist tuition supports dyslexic learners in ways that suit their individual learning preferences and utilise their areas of strength.
  • Dyslexia Sparks’ tuition provides each learner with the support they need to improve. Building skills in areas they are experiencing difficulties in.
  • Typically, we focus on
    • literacy – accurate word reading, writing, spelling, reading comprehension
    • cognitive processing – phonological awareness, memory, speed of working
    • study skills – skimming, scanning, memory strategies, revision techniques
  • We recognise the unique talents of each of our students and deliver a personalised programme of learning support for each child. Which means we support specific needs and build individual strengths.
  • Our tuition is also fun! Lessons deliver an interactive and multi-sensory experience that students enjoy and look forward to.

Specialist dyslexia tuition is at the very heart of what we do.

We are committed to helping dyslexic individuals be the best ‘me’ they can be. To find their spark and reach their full potential.

What is different about specialist tuition for dyslexia?

What makes us unique is our approaches, methods, and our teachers’ passion for and commitment to supporting each child. One of the most commonly cited benefits of our tuition is increased confidence – this cannot be underrated in terms of the impact it has on academic achievement.

Jane CraigFounding Director, Specialist Tutor and Assessor, Dyslexia Sparks
  • Specialist tuition uses non-traditional teaching methods ideally suited to the particular ways dyslexic individuals learn.
  • We use a wide variety of learning techniques and activities to create learning which is practical, hands-on and engaging. This helps to support difficulties many dyslexic children struggle with, such as short-term and working memory and speed of processing.
  • With our approach to lessons our learners quickly come to understand what happens in each section of the session. Our teaching methods help students retain their learning, boost confidence and progress; building upon their previous achievements.

Our cumulative approach to learning helps with memory difficulties which are often present in dyslexic individuals. Dyslexia Sparks’ students benefit from extended opportunities to review and revisit previous learning before moving on to new concepts. This also builds confidence as students see the progress they’re achieving.

Jane CraigFounding Director, Specialist Tutor and Assessor, Dyslexia Sparks
  • Our multisensory teaching methods enhance memory and learning skills. Delivering a stimulating learning experience that utilises a variety of specialist visual, auditory and kinaesthetic techniques.
  • Sessions progress in line with the student’s pace. There are no linear lesson plans here. We identify where students need to move to next and adapt our teaching strategies to suit individual needs.

Because our sessions focus on individual pace and learning progress we can be flexible and respond to particular needs. So if a student needs to spend longer revisiting a certain aspect, we continue to do this in various ways, until they feel secure to progress. Giving them enough time to understand one concept before moving onto the next

Jane CraigFounding Director, Specialist Tutor and Assessor, Dyslexia Sparks
  • Focused lessons are delivered on a 1:1 or 1:2 teacher-to-student ratio.

Paired tuition sessions are a great opportunity for students to gain support from one another. They also get to see that they are not alone in their journey of being dyslexic – and this can be really powerful for them

Jane CraigFounding Director, Specialist Tutor and Assessor, Dyslexia Sparks

We recognise that every dyslexic individual has different skill strengths and areas for improvement. So above all, our specialist tuition is personalised to each individual learner.

Why choose Dyslexia Sparks for specialist tuition?

  • Fun and interactive lessons are delivered by our qualified specialist teachers who are experienced in dyslexia and associated SpLDs. All our teachers hold a specialist qualification in the understanding and teaching of specialist intervention for dyslexic learners

My daughter loves going – very specialist and supportive of your individual child’s needs.

Jane CraigFounding Director, Specialist Tutor and Assessor, Dyslexia Sparks
  • As a registered charity we’re able to provide financial support to eligible households in Hull and East Yorkshire to help with the cost of tuition and
  • We keep parents up to date with regular opportunities to discuss their child’s progress.
  • You’ll also have access to ongoing advice and support including our monthly parent groups.
  • Sparks’ teachers are passionate about helping each and every one of our dyslexic students build their skills and make progress. Our team is dedicated to developing ways of learning which suit each child and bring enjoyment to each lesson.

Who is dyslexia tuition suitable for?

Our specialist tuition is suitable for children and adults and tailored to support individual needs.
If you notice that your child is struggling with skills such as reading and writing, or experiencing difficulties with memory and processing information, talk to us.
Your child does not need to have received a formal diagnosis of dyslexia to benefit from our specialist support. If you suspect your child is dyslexic or could benefit from specialist tuition, please get in touch to find out how we can help.

‘Our specialist tuition unlocks the learning potential of our Sparks students. Applying specific techniques that are suited to the particular learning styles and processing skills of each individual student is what makes our tuition successful. This unique approach to learning empowers students to realise their full potential and enables them to be successful moving forwards.’

Jane Craig, Founding Director, Specialist Tutor and Assessor, Dyslexia Sparks

Parents Support Group 

Dyslexia Sparks is pleased to be able to offer a FREE monthly online support group.

This offers parents and teachers of dyslexic children the chance to gain support from other parents and seek advice from the Dyslexia Sparks team. Opportunities to learn about specific topics such as dyspraxia, visual stress, resilience & self-esteem will also be available.

  • A chance to discuss your concerns with others;
  • An opportunity to gain and share ideas for supporting dyslexic children;
  • Learn more about support services available from Dyslexia Sparks;
  • Gain input from specialist teachers and other experts.

Booking is required via our Ticket Tailor page, but if you cannot attend the session live you will be sent a recording of the session to watch at a later date.

The Online Support Group is normally held on the 2nd Thursday of each month 10:00am – 11:00am

Please check our Facebook Events for updated details of dates/times.

Quote: “I joined the session this morning. It was really informative so thank you!”

Also available is a Facebook parent support page – run by parents

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