Special Needs Circle - East Midlands

Charity Supporting families with children with special needs & disabilities
living in the East Midlands and East Staffordshire 

Dyslexia Awareness Training -  Odyssey Assessment Education and Training.

Friday 15th February 

10am - 1.00pm

Emmanuel Church Hall Swadlincote


Chantal Karatas is the Founder of Odyssey Assessment Education and Training. She lectures on the MA Dyslexia Research and Practice and on a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (FE/HE) for trainee teachers. Since 2007, she has worked in both colleges and universities teaching Maths, English and Study Skills, as well as mentoring students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, Aspergers/Autism and mental health difficulties, across their degree programmes.

Chantal assesses for dyslexia and dyscalculia, across all ages of education, as well as for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and work based assessments. To develop inclusive practice across education and the workplace, Chantal regularly delivers training for parents, teachers, disability teams and managers in relation to; dyslexia, dyscalculia, visual disturbance, autism and ADHD. All training utilises experiential activities to develop a deeper understanding of theory and how this relates to practical strategies and reasonable adjustments at home, in the classroom or workplace.


The Dyslexia Awareness Training will cover:

1) The difference between a learning disability and a specific learning difference

2) Assessment pathways for dyslexia

3) The Medical and Social Models of disability

4) The Equality Act 2010 specifically in relation to reasonable adjustments

5) Positive role models with dyslexia

6) Strategies to support students with dyslexia, specifically in regard to phonological awareness, rapid naming, working memory and executive function.


Tickets cost for members of Special Needs Circle is £5.00 Non Members £10.00 plus booking fee

To become a member visit www.specialneedscircle.co.uk/membership and fill in the short online form


Special Needs Children and Family Stay and Play Session

Fri, 22 February 2019

10:30 – 12:00 GMT

Emmanuel Church Hall - Swadlincote


Come along and join us for a CRAFT themed stay and play session for children with special needs and their families. The session starts at 10.30 through until 12 and is on a drop in basis. Loads of different activities on offer. Free refreshments. There is a suggested donation of £1.00. Wear old clothes as it can get messy!!! Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Free refreshments. Suggested donation of £1.00 per child. 

Registration required if you are not already a member of Special Needs Circle - East Midlands. To book please click on the link above. 


PDA Seminar with 

An Evening with Dr HIlary Dyer


Wednesday 27th February 

6.30pm - 9.30pm 

Emmanuel Church Hall, Swadlincote

Members £10pp pus booking fee

Non Members £15pp plus booking fee


(Please not this is not for professionals)


Dr Hilary Dyer will talk about the distinctive presentation of youngsters with PDA, and how PDA differs from other conditions such as Conduct Disorder, and Attachment Disorder. She will also expand on the diagnostic criteria for the condition, and talk about how she assesses and diagnoses children and youngsters with PDA. Dr Dyer will share information about the approaches, strategies and interventions which can work well for youngsters with PDA, drawn from her own clinical research and practice and others'. She will use current and recent case studies to talk about the provision and placement options for youngsters with PDA. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end either in the group, or individually.

Dr Hilary Dyer AFBPsS FRSA is a Specialist Consultant Educational Psychologist in Independent Practice. Based near Lichfield in Staffordshire, Dr Dyer travels to a youngster’s home and school to conduct assessments.

Dr Dyer is an acknowledged specialist in Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome. She assesses and diagnoses children and young people from 4 to 16 years who may be presenting with this condition. Her PDA assessments, diagnoses and reports have been very favourably evaluated by SEND Tribunal Judges, Paediatricians, and parents alike.

Dr Dyer is also commissioned to conduct PDA assessments and diagnoses by Clinical Commissioning Groups in the NHS and by Local Authorities who require her acknowledged expertise in Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome.

6.30pm  arrival and refreshments

7.00pm Dr Hilary Dyer

9.30pm Finish

Members £10 plus booking fee Non Members £15.00. Please note this is for parent carers only. 

'My ASD Child Talks Fine' 

with Speech and Language Therapist Libby Hill

Tuesday 12th March 9.15am - 12.30 

-Emmanuel Church Hall Swadlincote 


'My child talks fine, why might they need a speech therapy assessment?' Libby will look at the factors that a speech and language therapist will look at including attention, listening, auditory memory, verbal reasoning and more and why these are usually affected in children with ASD'

This workshop has received excellent feedback from both parents and Professionals alike.




About Libby:


Libby Hill is a multi-award winning speech and language therapist who has over 30 years experience in the field. She has been independent for over ten years and is highly specialist in ASC. She loves complex cases including selective mutism and PDA. Her company, Small Talk, have a centre based on the staffordshire/derbyshire border, where she sees children from all over the UK. She uses her therapy Labrador very successfully. She is a member of the RCSLT London ASD CEN, and the National CEN for SM. She also belongs to the professional's group and the research group for PDA.


Cardholder Members - £10 plus booking Fee (1 Ticket per cardholder)


Non Members - £25 plus booking Fee


Free parking and refreshments.


To book please click on the heading above