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Frequently Asked Questions:

 

  1. I think my child may be dyslexic. What should I do?

  2. What do Specialist Teachers do?

  3. How do I get a Dyslexia diagnosis for my child?

  4. My child's school isn't helping them enough and won't listen to them. What can I do?

  5. How often will you see my child?

  6. What do Standardised scores mean?

  7. Will you see my child when they move to secondary school?

  8. How long will my child spend with the Specialist Teacher?

  9. What is a 'unit'?

  10. How long after the pupils is seen, will you provide the report?

  11. How can the school buy extra units?

  12. How do I apply for a place at the Intensive Learning Unit?

  13. How do I book onto a training course or Senco Forum?

  14. I want to book onto a course, but you have no scheduled date?

  15. What is your Resource Base and can I use it?


1. I think my child may be dyslexic/has learning difficulties. What should I do?
If your child is experiencing any learning difficulties in school please discuss your concerns directly with the school; ask to speak to the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). If difficulties continue to present, the school may then contact the LSS for advice and pupil assessment.


2. What do LSS Specialist Teachers do?
They work in partnership with schools, pupils, parent/carers and other agencies as appropriate. They support the entitlement of all pupils to a high quality, inclusive education in educational settings through the assessment and teaching of targeted pupils identified by the purchasing setting. They assist the school in developing personalised approaches to support and manage pupils who have learning difficulties and/or dyslexia.


3. How do I get a Dyslexia diagnosis for my child?
First contact should be with your SENCo in school. http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/can offer an assessment;  Educational Psychologists and qualified Specialist Dyslexia Teachers can assess and diagnose.  British Dyslexia Association can also help with advice/assessment:  http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/screening


4. My child’s school isn’t helping them enough and won’t listen to me.  What can I do?
Your first point of contact should be an appointment with the school SENCo.  If you have had a discussion with them and still are unable to agree on a course of action, there is a statutory service providing impartial advice and support to parents and young people with special educational needs and disabilities called Dudley SENDIASS (Dudley special educational needs and disability information, advice and support service).  You can contact them on:  Helpline:  01384 817373, Email:  dudley.sendiass@dudley.gov.uk  Web:  www.dudley.gov.uk/dudleysendiass


 

5. How often will you see my child?
That decision will be made by the school SENCo following discussions with the Specialist Teacher who is allocated to the school.


6. What do Standardised scores mean?
An explanation of this and other information can be found in our leaflet:  'Understanding LSS Assessment Reports'


7. Will you see my child when they move to secondary school?
That decision will be made by the school SENCo following discussions with the Specialist Teacher who is allocated to the school.


8. How long will my child spend with the Specialist Teacher? 
An initial assessment usually takes about 3 hours but with younger children this may be broken up into several shorter sessions.  After the initial assessment, your child’s progress is likely to be monitored by the Specialist Teacher.  Monitoring sessions are shorter – usually around an hour.


 9. What is a Unit?
A unit equates to 1.5 hours of time and is used as a means of purchasing our services.


 10. How long after a pupil has been seen, will you provide a report?
Written reports are produced within 2 working weeks of assessing a pupil.  These reports are securely emailed to the school SENCo.


 11. How can the school buy extra units?
Schools/settings can purchase additional units via the termly Service Level Agreement with the allocated Specialist Teacher.


 12. How do I apply for a place at the Intensive Learning Unit?
Please see page 3 of the ILU Policy.


 13. How do I book onto a training course or Senco Forum?
Please complete an online booking form with the details of the course.  This will automatically be sent through to LSS.


 14. I want to book onto a course, but you have no scheduled date?
You should complete our register of interest form.  When we have a sufficient number of delegates, we will contact you with a view to scheduling the training course.  


15. What is your Resource Base and can I use it?
Our Resource Base consists of books, publication and teaching resources relating to a range of SEND topics.  School staff are welcome to browse these resources free of charge.  A range of assessment materials are also available which can be viewed/discussed with a member of our team for a small charge.  All visits to the Resource Base need to be booked in advance.  Please note that items cannot be removed.


 

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