Benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BECTS) is a common childhood epilepsy syndrome also known as Rolandic Epilepsy (RE). Neurocognitive phenotypes have been described with greater focus on attention, reading and language domains but there have been far fewer studies focusing on motor functioning. This study included measures of motor, language and cognition in order to investigate the range, degree and pattern of difficulties associated with BECTS in a case series of children, but with a particular emphasis on motor skills. This is the first paper to demonstrate the variability across cognitive areas , reinforcing once again the need to take a person centred approach to supporting individuals with learning difficulties.
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Amanda will be delivering a keynote at the Annual Dyspraxia Foundation Conference on June 24th,2017 in London on DCD through the years- research findings and practical approaches.
See Amanda at the ADSHE conference in Birmingham on June 23rd, 2017- she is talking about why a person-centred approach is the only way to support learners ( the evidence) and the latest European DCD guidelines.
Amanda Kirby (CEO) has been nominated for Chwarae Teg’s Womenspire 2017 awards. Finals is on June 7th 2017 in Cardiff.
Amanda Kirby is a keynote speaker at the conference run by British Dyslexia Association:
From Individual to Infrastructure: Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia – Friday 28th April 2017, Watford.
She is talking about Workplace+ and how it can be used in work settings with trainees, apprentices and employees. Additionally, how there is a need to ensure processes and policies are in place to support people with Dyslexia and other learning challenges.
Great to see the About Me Passport launched. Professor Kirby was a part of the group developing this and now available to download for jobseekers with learning difficulties, disabilities or other barriers to provide information on their best methods of having good conversations and guidance.
Download it, print it out, complete it and then starting using it! About me Passport
See our latest Research bulletin highlighting the data findings using Profiler and discussing the approach taken and lessons to be learned.
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The latest research bulletin from Do-IT Solutions shows the interaction between mental health, learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and job outcomes. See attached bulletin for more detail. With 54% of people reporting mental health challenges in a Work Programme cohort, there is a need for advisors to be able to ask appropriate questions and have sufficient training to see how this may impact on confidence and competence in gaining employment. We found that 13% of the sample also reported having learning difficulties such as Dyslexia. The challenge in reality is not everyone has one condition and the patterns of overlap were variable so some people had anxiety, depression and dyslexia for example.
First impressions count! In 2500 Work Choice candidates, those reporting they were not interested in their appearance at all or very little influenced their job outcomes.By explaining this finding to candidates and supporting them in their preparation for interviews this can make a difference to their job outcomes.
In recent research undertaken by Do-IT Profiler examining data from Work Programme more than 2500 participants, we have shown that those who ask for help if they are unemployed are 10X more likely to gain employment than those who don’t ask at all. This may be related to a number of factors such as self -confidence; confidence in those you are asking; recognition of the skills gap you have that needs support. Further exploration will allow us to understand these variables in more detail. Help seeking behaviour influencing job outcomes