I contacted Julie when my son was about to go into third class as I had some concerns around his progression in school and in particular he was struggling with reading and spellings and had received below average results in STEN testing at the end of second class. We had mentioned this to the school at the time also but felt our concerns were brushed aside as "there were children struggling far more" in the school.
When I contacted Julie, she listened to my concerns and went through exactly what she could do to help us and explained the process very clearly from start to finish. Julie made the entire experience extremely straightforward and communication was excellent throughout. Julie did an enormous amount of prep work through parents and teachers questionnaires and also reviewing previous school reports prior to our appointment.
On the day of the assessment, despite the necessary covid restrictions, Julie put my son very much at ease and explained everything to him. While he can be quite shy in an unknown environment, Julie made him feel very much at ease which was very clear from how he spoke about the experience.
Following the assessment, Julie provided some initial thoughts on the day and followed up with an extremely comprehensive report which was forwarded to us and she also arranged a call to go through it over the phone in detail. While accepting a diagnosis of dyslexia was extremely difficult to hear at the time, engaging with Julie's services has been the best thing we have done for our son. It has meant that he now gets the additional help he needs in school and has allowed us and his teacher to understand why he was not performing to his full potential and to put the necessary steps in place to ensure his needs are catered for.
Julie's recommendations in the report have formed an invaluable part of our journey with dyslexia and our son is getting on so much better in school and has helped with his self esteem. I would 100% recommend Julie to any parent who has concerns around their child's educational progression. As I said, it's very hard to hear the diagnosis but it is now 3 months on since our assessment and I can honestly say it's one of the best decisions that we have made