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It is a way of helping you to develop the skills and strategies that you need, together with an awareness of how and when they might be used. This means that, after you have had the time to practise, you will be able to take the most efficient approach to a task. The training will be designed to meet your individual needs and you will be able to agree the content with the specialist at the first session. The list below provides an example of skills that may be included. You will have your own priorities that may include some of these areas that you want to improve, or you may have others that are unique to you.
The sessions are informal. You and the specialist will agree goals together and choose a starting point. During the sessions you and the specialist will work together in a guided, collaborative way. Each session will last either one and a half or two hours, depending on your needs and work commitments. The space between sessions taking place will usually be about 4 – 6 weeks so that you have the time to try out the strategies in real working situations. When you meet the specialist for your next session you will be able to provide feedback and discuss how things have been working.
A dyslexia specialist who has experience working with adults in the workplace will deliver the training. She/he will have experience working within a wide variety of situations, such as: office environments, creative roles, public services, construction industry, engineering, teaching etc.
Our specialist will spend time getting to know you at the beginning. This means that she/he will be able to gain an overview of your situation and also an understanding of your job role and your main concerns. Together you will agree a plan to take you forwards. This personalised approach will help you make the most of your strengths whilst taking steps to help minimise the challenges that you are concerned about.
No the sessions can take place at the centre but it is best if real work tasks are used so that you can gain the most from them. Clients are usually happy to bring with them their laptops, or if more appropriate paper examples of tasks that they wish to develop different ways of approaching. For example if you work in an office then your laptop would be useful. If you work outside an office such as landscape gardening or constru8ction,then paperwork that you need to work with would be best.
Your employer does not have to know that you have approached the centre for help or that you are attending development sessions. The decision will be yours to make. But if your employer is advised then this can be very beneficial. The specialist can help you and your line manager work together to make the most of your strengths and help minimise the challenges that you are concerned about. If you are applying for Government funding through the Access to Work scheme then this is different and you will need to tell your employer.
There are many ways that employers can help. This might be putting reasonable adjustments in place to help minimise the difficulties the employee is experiencing.
They may also arrange skills development training for the employee. Because each employee and work situation is unique the most suitable steps to take will depend on the individual circumstances. We are able to provide a consultation with one of our professionals so that you can chat about the issues that you are facing and they will be able to advise you on the most appropriate step to take next.
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