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Time and time again we have witnessed the huge benefit a diagnosis can be in terms of self-understanding, self-acceptance and a positive way forward. We therefore started Optimus Dyslexia Assessment Services in 2007 with the aim of providing quality assessments at a reasonable price.

Sally Agobiani (Dyslexia Assessor and Counsellor)

Sally Agobiani

My interest in dyslexia began very early on in my career whilst teaching within the prison system. I have since spent many years working in FE colleges in Leicester and Plymouth. My roles have included lecturing, coordinating a dyslexia service, study skills support for students with dyslexia, and carrying out diagnostic assessments. More recently I worked as a Disability Advisor at Plymouth University and during this time I facilitated an ADHD Support Group. I now only work in private practice.

In addition to being a dyslexia assessor I am also a qualified counsellor. Throughout my career I have met many people whose lives have been adversely affected by a Specific Learning Difficulty, ADHD, and autism. Whereas there used to be services in the community to help people understand their diagnoses and move forwards with understanding and enhanced self-esteem, there is now very little available. I therefore trained as a counsellor, completing my Advanced Diploma in Counselling in 2019. My son and I run our private practice, Mannamead Counselling, together. Although all clients are welcome, I specialise in neurodiversity.

Sally Agobiani

Sally Agobiani, MSc Developmental Disorders, PGCE, DipSpLD (AMBDA), BPS CCET
Advanced Diploma Counselling

Hilary Gill (Dyslexia Assessor)

Hilary Gill

After qualifying as a primary school teacher I began my teaching career in Cornwall. I remember my first class clearly, especially one delightful and bright young man who told me a wonderful and imaginative story whilst drawing a series of loops on the page. He had not made the connection between writing and reading the written word. He was of course dyslexic and I felt completely unskilled in knowing how to help him.

Determined to find out more about dyslexia I completed an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs at Durham University. I then resumed my teaching career becoming a deputy and then head teacher but always keeping responsibility for children with special needs within my school. During that time I completed further qualifications in dyslexia; a PGCE in Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia and became an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). I also hold a current PATOSS practising certificate that allows me to carry out assessments for students applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). I can assess children at primary school and I assess older students for access arrangements when taking GCSEs and A levels.

Hilary Gill

Hilary Gill. Cert Ed. Adv. Dip Ed. Special Educational Needs PGCE-SpLD. (AMBDA)