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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 (Adult Assessor)

Sally Agobiani

I am a qualified and experienced teacher of adults with two specialist dyslexia qualifications, including one accredited by the British Psychological Society in psychometric testing. I am an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and also hold a current PATOSS practising certificate. This enables me to carry out assessments for students applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). In 2015 I completed an MSc in Developmental Disorders. It is common for dyslexia to co-exist with other specific learning difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/dyspraxia (DCD). An in-depth knowledge of a wide range of developmental disorders enables to me to make a more informed diagnosis.

I started teaching adults in 1988. My interest in dyslexia began very early on in my teaching career whilst working with offenders. I have spent many years working in FE colleges, first as a lecturer and later as the co-ordinator of the dyslexia service. I currently work part-time as a disability advisor at a university. I am also involved in training and I run workshops on dyslexia, DCD, ADHD, and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder).

Sally Agobiani

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

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)