Specialist Dyslexia Consultancy

Specialising in Full Diagnostic Dyslexia Assessments
Individual Tuition
Advice for Parents and Schools
Staff Training
Access Arrangements

About Dyslexia Essex

Dyslexia Essex is specialist dyslexia consultancy (part of Essex and Herts Tutors Ltd) owned by Vanessa Minihane, a qualified Specialist Teacher and Assessor.

Through Dyslexia Essex, I offer full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, specialist tuition and advice for private individuals aged 6-16 years and in-school support to schools with pupils who have poor literacy skills which may be due to  Specific Learning Difficulties. 

What is Dyslexia?

It is thought that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia and many of these people are unaware that there is a reason for their struggles.  Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difficulty.

"Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills  involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling."  
(Rose Review, Department of Education 2009). 

Dyslexia can affect people from any background or walk of life, regardless of their intellectual ability.

Dyslexia affects people in different ways and no two people have exactly the same symptoms or level of severity of dyslexia. Each individual with dyslexia will have different strengths and weaknesses.

Learners with dyslexia may have problems with short term memory, spelling, writing, rapid naming (objects, colours, letters or numbers), distinguishing sounds in words or concentrating.

Dyslexia may occurs along side other difficulties such as ASD, ADHD and dyspraxia.

What's It Like Being Dyslexic?

This short video from Nessy explains what is feels like to be dyslexic.

Experience & Qualifications

I am an experienced teacher and have worked in primary and secondary schools in both the independent and state sector supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia and other SEND such as ADHD, dyspraxia and ASD.  As the mother of a child with dyslexia, I understand the difficulties experienced by dyslexic students and  recognise the frustration felt by parents and educators when children are not realising their full potential

I am a member of the British Dyslexia Association, PATOSS and Dyslexia Action.
I have an Assessment Practising Certificate issued by the British Dyslexia Association, an enhanced DBS certificate and full insurance.

Vanessa Minihane BA (Hons), PGCE, PGDipEd, AMBDA. MA in SpLD (Dyslexia)
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"Vanessa has tutored my son for the last year.  This has enhanced his understanding and built his confidence enormously.  We are so pleased with the results so far!"

Nick and Sarah 
Parents of Yr 5 pupil
"Vanessa helped me understand the difficulties that my pupil faced and gave me ideas and activities 
to support him.  His reading has really improved and he has become more confident. I am now using what I have learnt with other pupils in the school"

Learning Support Assistant
“Vanessa has an amazing rapport with her students.”


Contact Us

Call now 01277 899 004 or 07979 218 127

Queens Street 


Terms and Conditions

  • A request for an assessment can be made by email, or over the phone.
  • Clients should arrive promptly for their appointment.  
  • Full payment is required on the day of the assessment. 
  • If your assessment is being funded by an outside organisation (e.g. college or university), written confirmation is required before an appointment can be made.
  • The Parent Questionnaire should be completed to the best of your ability. It gives information on your child's history and any related issues which are relevant to the assessment.
  • Where possible, a School questionnaire should be completed by the child's teacher or SENCO.  If this is not possible, the parent should provide a copy of their child's latest school report. 
  • Assessments usually last between 1 ½ - 2½  hours but depend on individual needs and the child's concentration level.
  • The results will be considered and analysed, and a full written report drawn up.  Once the report has been written, verbal feedback will be provided either face-to-face or over the phone. 
  • You should receive the report approximately 2-3 weeks after the appointment.                 
  • If you require an extra copy of the report, please state this at your appointment.           
  • All reports and information on the individual is confidential and details will not be passed on to other parties unless specifically requested e.g. forwarding reports to college or university.           
  • Unless otherwise requested, the report will be sent to you at the address you provide.          
  • Vanessa Minihane reserves the right not to accept a referral, to terminate an assessment, or not circulate an assessment report if: the referral appears to be outside her area of expertise; the client fails to cooperate fully with the requirements of the assessment procedure in such a way that may compromise the validity of the assessment; the client fails to comply with the terms and conditions outlined above. 
  • A diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia) cannot be guaranteed as a result of the assessments, but recommendations for the existing literacy difficulties will be included within the report whether or not a diagnosis of dyslexia is made.

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