My aims at the Thorpe Dyslexia Centre are simple, I wish to provide adults and children who are having a tough time with their reading, spelling and writing with an environment that feels safe and secure.
Thorpe Dyslexia Centre is the place where:
• Your mistakes are welcomed
• Your tears are understood
• Your questions are answered
• Your feelings are heard
• You’re accepted as you are
• You’re able to learn
• Your spirit can fly
• You'll leave with improved confidence and hope restored for a better future.
Being dyslexic in the UK school system can be very scary and confusing, the loss of confidence and disengagement is a real risk. Once confidence is lost, stress builds quickly and it is common for these children to seek out coping methods (messing about, daydreaming, avoidance etc.). As a dyslexic myself, I am able to understand how these children experience school and learning.
However, Dyslexia can be a gift; if the child is supported and encouraged to use it. Therefore in my one-to-one lessons, I aim to return the child’s confidence, love of learning, and enjoyment of school through focusing on and using what they are good at.
The learning environment I provide is one where building trust, emotional well-being and hope are primary. Using a creative and fun learning style, I support my students to rebuild or discover their natural learning ability. Confidence and self-image are vital in learning, as well as for success in life generally. The children are able to be themselves, honest, and real. Dyslexics are self-teachers more than they are students. We use this natural ability and work as a team.