SEN Consultancy Services

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SEN consultancy, SENCo support and Specialist cognition and learning and SpLD Teachers

ADys Specialist Ltd offers bespoke SEN consultation and advice to schools and colleges, CPD INSET in school and special CPD day events, as well as specialist teacher advice and support in the form of observations, assessments, verbal feedback and reports. We have specialists across many areas of need including ADHD and ASD.

We also conduct diagnostic assessments for the specific learning difficulties of dyslexia, dyscalculia & dysgraphia for young people both within their own homes & within school, helping to ensure the correct support is in place to enable learners to thrive. We support many children, parents, individual schools & clusters across Lancashire and the North of England.

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Why us?

ADys Specialist Ltd offers bespoke school support through many formats, bespoke to each school setting.
We have a range of specialist teachers across all cognitive & learning needs, ADHD, ASD,ABI and complex needs.
We also offer support to private individuals with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia assessments, which can then be used to guide support in their own schools.
We have supported a number of schools through recent OFSTED inspections. moving schools from inadequate to good with outstanding features. In all inspections SEN was highlighted as a strength of the school.
Through many recommendations by parents, school advisors, head teachers and SENCos, ADYS Specialist is now supporting numerous individual schools and clusters of primary and secondary schools across the North of England.
  • Highly recommended by senior advisors in Lancashire as a model of good practice
  • JCQ compliant for exam access arrangement at secondary and post 16 level
  • Competitive rates for your school budget
  • APC qualified for diagnostic assessments
  • Support and advise academy trusts
  • Highly qualified teachers, senior leaders and specialist teachers
  • Up to date knowledge of all areas of SEN and education across all phases
  • Take the worry out of SEN, for all involved
  • Work across schools in Lancashire and North Yorkshire

Claire Ashton

SEN Consultant and Specialist Teacher across cognitive & learning with further specialism in assessment and management of ADHD in children 

Clare Woodcock

SEN Consultant and Specialist Teacher across cognitive & learning with further specialism in assessment and management of ADHD in children

Sara Toomey 

SEN Consultant and Specialist Teacher across ASD and complex needs 

Kerrie Davis 

SEN Consultant and Specialist Teacher across cognitive & learning

Tina Fishwick

Play therapist, Pupil Wellbeing Counsellor and Staff Supervision Counsellor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that normally affects reading and writing skills. It can also impact information processing, meaning some individuals may struggle with understanding and remembering information.

What is dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a learning difficulty that makes it difficult to understand and learn mathematic concepts. People who have dyscalculia may need to learn maths in a different way, for example, learning concepts more slowly or reviewing their learning more often.

What are symptoms of dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia symptoms can look different depending on the age and developmental stage of an individual. Common symptoms of dyscalculia include:
- Difficulties understanding some mathematical concepts
- Difficulties with sequencing and pattern spotting
- Struggling with short term, working and long term memory
- Problems understanding mathematical language and word problems
- Difficulties with automatic retrieval of information such as times tables
- Needing to use strategies such as finger counting
- Slow processing and information retrieval
- Unable to explain what they are doing
- Maths anxiety

What are symptoms of dyslexia?

Though dyslexia can occasionally be diagnosed at an early age, it usually becomes more obvious when a child starts school and begins focusing on how to read and write.

Symptoms of dyslexia in children aged 5 to 12 years include:
- Problems learning the names and sounds of letters
- Inconsistent spelling
- Confusing letters that look similar and putting letters the wrong way round (such as writing “p” instead of “d”)
- Confusing the order of letters in words
- Answering questions well orally, but struggling to write an answer down
- Struggling to carry out directions or learn sequences such as days of the week
- Slow writing speed
- Poor handwriting
- Poor phonological awareness

What is a dyslexia/dyscalculia assessment?

A dyslexia assessment is used to confirm whether an individual has dyslexia and/or dyscalculia, provide information on their individual cognitive profile, and decide what support they need. It is carried out by a qualified assessor who will then produce a report with a diagnosis.

What happens in a dyslexia/dyscalculia assessment? 

Assessments must take place in a quiet and private location that is free from distractions. Assessments usually take approximately 3 hours to complete and are carried out by a qualified assessor. During an assessment, the assessor will carry out multiple tests, such as reading writing and spelling ability, handwriting and fine motor skills, speech and language processing and exploration of number sense and attainment in maths. The specific tests vary depending on the individual and the concerns that have been raised.

How could dyslexia/dyscalculia assessments help my student or child?

Getting an accurate dyslexia and/or dyscalculia diagnosis will allow the child to receive the appropriate support and information they need to excel in and out of the classroom. This is massively beneficial for removing the stress that may be associated with learning as well as showing a child that they are intelligent, they just don’t learn in the same way as others. This can dramatically increase their confidence in all areas of their life.


Claire is fantastic! She works for us as SENCO and has put in place policies and procedures that have really enhanced SEND provision for our pupils. Claire is very professional, wonderful to work with and amazingly knowledgeable in her field. I highly recommend Claire and the services she provides.
St Mary’s RC Primary, Sabden

Contact details

07725 357489
Skipton, North Yorkshire

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Business hours
In schools
8.30am – 5.30pm