Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Our Most Common Questions about Dyslexia Assessments and Programs?

Click on each of the questions to find answers to our common questions about dyslexia. If you have any other queries, please contact us here and we will be in touch directly to answer you.

What can I expect through your one-on-one dyslexia assessments?

Our one-on-one dyslexia assessments are performed by an expert on dyslexia and will give you a clear indication if you or your child is dyslexic, the learning style and the solution. Please find more information here.

How do I book a dyslexia assessment?

The face-to-face dyslexia assessments are completed in Sydney in Mosman. Otherwise an online dyslexia assessment can be completed via Zoom from across Australia or around the world. Bookings can be made directly into the calendar of Barbara Hoi here or by contacting us by email here. The cost is $180.

How can I help my dyslexic child or student?

It helps to first know how to recognise a dyslexic student, so the professional dyslexia assessment will help you find out how your child or student learns – and if dyslexia is the reason for the challenges.

As most struggling students are visual or tactile learners, they will greatly benefit from a different teaching approach – other than MultiLit, MiniLit, sounding out or drilling phonemic awareness. Although that approach may have been of benefit for many students, it leaves most dyslexic children behind.

Dyslexic students will gain excellent reading-, writing- and comprehension skills when words have a picture, usually self-mastered in Plasticine and have become meaningful to them. Mastery comes by using their creative gifts to learn.

The courses are all based on focusing skills and other tools that are essential to learn, remember and recall information.

We have a variety of programs that will guide a student step-by-step towards literacy and/or numeracy. They are taught in small weekly zoom classes, where students become each other’s supportive fans. Further information is available on our programs for children here

Most work is done at home (daily about 30 min) and we recommend you document everything your child does, the triumphs and the challenges.

That will be a great reference point to witness changes – and will be the showcase for the weekly program. These programs are tailored to your child’s passion project.

That way your child will stay motivated and loving the progress.

Which courses do you offer and how much are they?
We offer a variety of courses and packages.
a) the Online Dyslexia Version: Some people feel confident to follow the online course themselves, which is made possible with video instructions and daily online exercises. The online course takes 6 months and is very cost-effective at $350.
b) the Online Version + the Support of a Tutor: Additionally to the online course ($350) you get the help of a Sydney Dyslexia-trained tutor that follows a small group of similar-aged dyslexic students (children or adults) over a variety of modules that run once a week for six weeks. These courses are guiding each learner along towards creating and finishing a passion project, while their literacy skills steadily improve, leading towards a confident and competent learner. A dyslexia specific approach is used playfully.
Each six-week module goes for about 60-90 minutes and is only $310, but additionally we have found it very effective to take a bond of $600 that will be paid back ($100 after each attendance/participation). It has increased the success of our participants even further.
c) the All-inclusive Option: Your personal tutor will support you one-on-one for five hours via zoom or face-to-face and tailor the course to your passion project. After that you will meet up once a week in a small zoom class (for three modules of six weeks each) to fine-tune and stay on track. This version includes the assessment, three modules, all the materials needed and an app for daily exercises and support. The investment: $ 1,880.
The one-on-one assessment will give you the roadmap of the courses that will best support you or your child – but it’s your choice to extend or shorten the journey you are ready to take.
Why should this method work if nothing has made much impact yet? How much time before I can expect to see a significant change in my child?

We don’t enrol a child or any individual, unless we have done a dyslexia assessment. Only then do we know if this creative, visual program will work. Only then can we tailor the program to the specific learning style, goal and project of that student.

The reason is that this method is probably unlike anything else they have tried in the past. The majority of dyslexia programs are based on fixing phonemic awareness. These individuals, however, are not auditory learners and sounding out is the hardest way for them to learn to read and write. 

It’s the way most schools teach literacy, hoping that with much practice, dyslexic students slowly get better. Some do, but they still have trouble with comprehension and speed, which holds them back and stops their confidence.

Dyslexic students are very smart and having a big picture mind makes them creative, fast and visual or tactile learners. Instead of feeling that creative advantage, they are often extremely anxious and frustrated and see themselves as being less intelligent than their peers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Each student learns at their own pace and follows their own passion project, so there is no competition – only admiration from the rest of the small group. Most work is done at home, where they are encouraged to work a little every day, rather than once a week for three hours. Repetition cements their new focus and the way the brain starts to support them. It takes about three months to make new habits habitual.

 Check out the many courses to choose from.
What results can I expect from your programs?

We have a track record of achieving results for people with dyslexia including children, teenagers and adults.  Our success comes through working with you (or your parents) about what you are looking to achieve and developing a structured approach to lead to improvements using your strengths and natural learning styles as a foundation. We have many Success Stories from past clients which you can learn about here.

Do you offer a money-back guarantee for your services?
If the assessment has found you or your child to be a good candidate for the program, we guarantee the success of the program. Should the course not meet your expectations, you can get the entire amount refunded after the first week’s session. We do not offer a money-back guarantee for the dyslexia assessment.
Can your programs help me to homeschool a dyslexic child?
If the assessment shows your child to be dyslexic or has other learning difficulties that we cover (ADD, ADHD, dyspraxia, AS, dysgraphia, dyscalculia), our training programs will definitely help you in supporting your child. However, in that case we suggest you are getting the support more than the child. We offer the tutor training also for parents whose children are too young to do the courses themselves or who are homeschooling their child so that the experience is more positive and productive for both you and your child. Please find more information here.
Is it better to have a tutor to support my child?

Any kind of help, especially a way that teaches children the way they learn best, is welcome.

We have dyslexia-trained tutors and facilitators who will certainly help to establish the tools and strategies very effectively. Often they have become tutors after having seen the effect on their own child – and trained as a result.

Most of the deep and lasting transformations come, when a student applies these tools daily, reinforces the neural pathways that a tutor or teacher has helped establish and ultimately corrects the challenges of dyslexia, without losing the enormous talents.

Some parents find it challenging to help their children, may not have enough time and patience for the homework after the schoolwork – and would appreciate a tutor or teacher to take over.

Many tutors become a great support for these children.

On top of the online program, you can get a tutor weekly/fortnightly or monthly to support you and your child – and guide them along their passion project.

Check out the tutor site here if you are interested in becoming a tutor yourself.


Do you provide training for tutors? Do I need to be a teacher to become a tutor?

Yes, we have a 6-week tutor training and an additional facilitator training course. You do not need to be a teacher to become a tutor, but it is necessary to contact Barbara Hoi to find out if this is a good option for you. For more information, click here.

What if I don't have much time to study?

It does not take more than 30 minutes a day, five days a week to gain the literacy levels to improve your life.

Much of what we do can incorporate reading material you have to or want to learn anyway.

I have learned from experience with my dyslexic clients that motivation is a main component of learning.

However, many students have given up trying to read, write or improve at school – simply because they didn’t succeed before, despite working much harder than the average peer.

Most interventions in the past have been phonics-based and focused on repeating the same way, just more intensively.

Once they learn that they are dyslexic, very bright and most likely visual learners, they recognise that a different approach will give them a different result.

They need to know that it will still take work, but now they will get the results they need to catch up – and quite often overtake their peers.

It will be the passion project that will keep them motivated and moving forward.