Welcome to Dyslexia Support, the website of Jennifer van Wyk: Educator, assessor of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) and specialist tutor.
If your child has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia you will be interested in the Dyslexia page.
If you are concerned your child has Dyslexia, the Services page explains about assessment and support for a learner with dyslexia. The About page introduces you to Jennifer, her qualifications, experience and approach to teaching.
Lastly, on the Contact page, you will find details of how you can book an appointment for assessment or tutoring.
Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in education and training and has been teaching since 2010.
She holds Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), Approved Practitioner Status (APS), a Masters in Education (M.Ed), a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and a 150 hour TESOL. Her specialisation for her M.Ed was Literacy Difficulties, focusing on Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).
Jennifer is a specialist in dyslexia/SpLD and she is qualified to conduct diagnostic assessments; Exam Access Arrangements and to deliver specialised teaching programmes to learners with dyslexia/SpLD. She is a member of PATOSS (Professional Association for teachers and assessors of students with specific learning difficulties).
She is Orton Gillingham trained and provides individually tailored teaching programmes using this multi-sensory approach, which is recommended by the International Dyslexia Association and targeted at children with developmental dyslexia.
Jennifer has a warm, friendly and patient nature and provides a positive, supportive and caring approach to learning and teaching.
Her belief is that we are all unique and everyone learns differently. Therefore some children require individual and specialised assistance in order to meet their full potential and achieve their goals.
What is Dyslexia?
“Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and life-long in its effects.
It is characterised by difficulties in phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities.
It tends to be resistant to conventional teaching methods, but its effects can be mitigated by appropriately specific intervention, including the application of information technology and supportive counselling.”
British Dyslexia Association
The following websites provide more information:
The British Dyslexia Association: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
Dyslexia Action: www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk
International Dyslexia Association: www.interdys.org
The Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong: www.dyslexia.org.hk/
Areas of Service
Jennifer offers full educational assessments for individuals aged 6 and upwards.
Assessments provide information about a person’s learning style and abilities as well as their literacy skills. If a student is experiencing learning difficulties, an assessment helps to identify the weaknesses that are contributing to these difficulties as well as their learning strengths. Assessment results provide information essential for the development of personalized learning plans and interventions.
The assessment involves gathering information to identify the factors contributing to a student’s difficulty with literacy. Once the information has been gathered during the assessment phase and a range of standardised assessments administered, the results will be analysed and a diagnostic decision will be made.
A detailed report will be provided with the diagnosis, your child's strengths and weaknesses and recommended support strategies which can be implemented at home and at school. Access arrangements for examinations and school assignments will be suggested, if applicable.
Jennifer provides key recommendations and support based on assessment results and assists teachers to develop individual educational plans for students. She offers ongoing consultation with parents and teachers regarding implementation and modification of the plan to meet the changing learning needs of the student
A big part of the intervention process is support at home which involves repetition and practice. Jennifer can provide support to parents so they can be involved at every step of the way.
Assessment for the Application of Access Arrangements
Jennifer can provide an assessment for the application of exam access arrangements, following JCQ guidelines. This assessment will focus on specific testing depending on the particular student's area of need. A summary of scores will be produced and Form 8 will be completed for the school.
Jennifer has completed a post-graduate course equivalent to Level 7, and she has a current SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate, awarded by the British Dyslexia Association. Jennifer is listed on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) as an assessor.
Criteria for access arrangements in exams is evidence-based and must meet the JCQ criteria; having an assessment is no guarantee that evidence for access arrangements will be found.
Jennifer offers one-to-one and group specialist tutoring for school children aged 6 to 12 years.
Based on assessment information, Jennifer will devise an individual teaching programme to target areas where support is needed. These may include phonological skills; reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension; vocabulary; spelling; grammar and punctuation; expressive writing and handwriting.
Jennifer is Orton Gillingham trained and provides specialist tutoring programmes using a combination of this multi-sensory, evidence based approach and clinical reasoning devised from years of teaching children with dyslexia. The Orton Gillingham approach is recommended by the International Dyslexia Association and is targeted at children with developmental dyslexia.
Jennifer offers face to face or online intervention.
How do I know if my child has Dyslexia?
If your child is showing unexplained difficulty with reading, writing or spelling an educational evaluation is recommended. A screening test might be able to be done at school. These can indicate dyslexic tendencies but may not be totally reliable.
Is my child too young to be assessed?
As soon as difficulties become apparent, and particularly where a child is becoming distressed or showing behavioural problems intervention is always recomended.
Can my child succeed if they have Dyslexia?
Absolutely! If dyslexia is identified and treated early, children are more likely to learn to overcome their difficulties while maintaining a positive self-image. Even though children with dyslexia do not outgrow their disability, they can learn to adapt and improve their weak skills. With proper remediation and needed accommodations, students with dyslexia can go on to be very successful students in colleges and universities, as well as in professional and adult life.
What is SpLD?
Specific Learning Difficulties (or SpLDs), affect the way information is learned and processed. They are neurological (rather than psychological), usually run in families and occur independently of intelligence. They can have significant impact on education and learning and on the acquisition of literacy skills.
SpLD is an umbrella term used to cover a range of frequently co-occurring difficulties, more commonly: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD.
SpLDs can also co-occur with difficulties on the autistic spectrum such as Asperger Syndrome.
My child is showing unexpected literacy difficulties. What should I do?
If your child is showing unexpected literacy difficulties, early intervention is KEY. Often parents are advised to "wait and see" or told to "give it time" I do not agree with this approach. It is vital to get to the root cause of the difficulties so that they can be solved or supported.
If you have any questions, would like more information or want to make an appointment for an assessment please send a message or call +852 5145 8810
852 5145 8810