Do-IT helps Apprentice Providers to support Neurodiverse talent

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Individuals are all neurologically unique!

The Do-IT Profiler enables better conversations and reduces the need for expensive assessments.

Unfortunately, individuals don’t always know they have a learning disability/ differently or mental health challenges. Those that are neurodiverse will have overlapping difficulties and strengths to the lesser or greater extent.

Do-IT Profiler provides this understanding so that accurate support that can be given, each person is different, and a label never describes an individual.

Do-IT Profiler allows these hidden talents and novel skills to be identified for the future success of the individual.

Harnessing and maintaining all talent is essential to your business requirements, understanding how to effectively support staff in their training needs alongside the individual they are supporting.


  1. A quick and accurate understanding of the individual.
  2. Recommendations for the individual according to their support needs.
  3. An easy to read instant report for you and the individual.
  4. Support and training staff to have helpful and meaningful conversations with the individual.
  5. Monitor progress and make the right adjustments for the individual to succeed.
  6. Detailed data and predictive analytics are useful for your organisation.


Do-IT Profiler is sensitively designed by neuroscientists especially helping neurodiverse individuals reach their potential in their life and journey.

A recent testimonial:

I am the Skills and Achievement Manager for one of the UK largest apprenticeship training providers. I/we were looking to partner with a support network that not only had the highest quality content and assessment tools but had a real passion for supporting people on a personal level.

I have tried MANY different providers around assessment tools for supporting neurodiversity but something was always lacking. I have never felt that commission comes first but getting what we wanted was more important to Do-IT and the team and ultimately improve their offering and service.

I believe we have received more value that we were expecting (much more). I feel I can approach the Do-IT team for queries, tech support and mostly receive an instant supportive and professional response. I am able to discuss what works best for my company and they will do their best to support this. A real personal service that comes from professionals who genuinely care about people and what their products can do to help you and your learners reach their potential. I couldn’t rate them any higher.

John Grover: Additional Learning Needs Tutor & Coordinator   |   Apprenticeships Division QA



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Do-IT Profiler launching Profiling in prisons across Scotland

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Scottish Prison Service Launch of Profiling using Do-IT Profiler across Scottish Prisons

Research has shown that approximately 1 in 3 people in prison potentially have a learning difficulty or disability (LDD) and many of whom won’t have had their needs identified before entering justice settings.  Working with international neurodevelopmental expert Professor Amanda Kirby, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is leading the way in this area of intervention.

Professor Kirby and her colleague Helen Arnold-Richardson have delivered training this week to both Fife College and SPS staff on how supporting people in custody with LDD can make a real difference in improving long term outcomes and help reduce reoffending.

Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do-IT Solutions stated:
“Do-IT Solutions is delighted to be working with Scottish Prison Service and Fife College to roll out learning difficulties and disabilities training to prisons across Scotland and providing SPS with Do-IT Profiler to identify learning difficulties and disabilities and deliver person-centered support’ “

Amanda Kirby delivering keynote at Cambridge Schools conference in Sri Lanka, 27th November 2018

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 Keynote in Colombo relates to neurodiversity and why consider the need to identify and support all children in the classroom and not some. Amanda highlighted the evidence for this and provided practical strategies for schools to take this on board.

5Cs for schools:

  • Connect– to develop a trusted relationship
  • Comprehend how each child behaves and why and understand their profile of strengths and challenges
  • Channel learning through interest and motivation
  • Communicate with the child, parents, other teachers, and all those in the child’s ecology
  • Celebrate– success, skills, effort, empathy, care

Amanda Kirby gave talk at Autism Alliance meeting in London about assessment and service design 19th October 2018

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Autism Alliance meeting

Amanda Kirby speaking in London at Autism Alliance meeting

Amanda Kirby presented research and clinical practice support for taking an ecological approach.

She spoke at the potential future approach for Autism knowledgable organisations that could happen with the advances in technology and how this could inform research.


Amanda Kirby chairs Neurodiversity event with KPMG and Civil Service in London

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Amanda chaired the meeting on Neurodiversity in London today that was introduced by the Disability Minister Sara Newton. She emphasised the role of companies to become Disability Confident. Do-IT Solutions is the first company in Wales to gain Leader status and Amanda has championed the course from the start.

Sarah Newton Disability Minister, talking about the importance of employers harnessing the talents of neurodiverse people and reducing the gap in unemployment.


Do-IT Solutions are now going one step further and providing a package of services to companies to take them through that process and provide line managers with the confidence to having conversations with their staff.

Amanda Kirby talking at KPMG event on Neurodiversity and employment



Amanda chaired the day as well talking about Neurodiversity- describing what it represents and how everyone can help ensure they attract and retain neurodiverse talent.

Dr Who character has Dyspraxia

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Amanda Kirby asked to comment about the new Dr Who Character.

“It’s important for people with dyspraxia, especially young people, to have positive role models that show dyspraxia need not hold you back,” said Amanda Kirby, an advisor on dyspraxia to the British Dyslexia Association and Professor of Developmental Disorders at the University of South Wales.

“We hope [the introduction of Ryan] will also break down some of the misconceptions out there about dyspraxia, as these can have a negative impact on people’s experience of dyspraxia and make it harder for them to feel confident and achieve everything they can.”

So what are those misconceptions? “Often people think it just affects children and they will grow out of it eventually,” says Kirby, who is also a parent to an adult with the condition. “Dyspraxia is a life-long disorder and affects children and adults equally.

“Many consider that it doesn’t affect people that much. It is a spectrum so for some people the symptoms can be fairly minor but it can go through to having an impact on all aspects of life.


Training in Neurodiversity for UK Athletics

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Amanda Kirby delivered training on Neurodiversity in the Workplace for UK Athletics.

“Amanda delivered a comprehensive and engaging webinar about Neurodiversity to our staff at UK Athletics during National Inclusion.  The feedback from our staff was overwhelming, in the sense where they were able to expand their knowledge of neurodiversity and share thoughts with colleagues.  I look forward to working with Amanda on the next steps for UKA on delivering Neurodiversity Profiler to support our people within the organisation.”

Donna Fraser, UK Athletics


Article published in Probation Quarterly

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Helen Arnold Richardson and Professor Amanda Kirby publish an article they have written in the September issue of Probation Quarterly discussing the use of computer screening in this setting. This article presents the latest research relating to overlap between learning difficulties and disabilities and the rationale for the person centered approach that the Do-IT espouses.

Online screening of offenders for Learning Difficulties and Disabilities – what are the benefits?


Paper published in Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services Newsletter

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Kirby published an article in the newsletter on Using Computers to Screen for Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.(LDD)


The article showed the evidence for overlap between LDDs and the rationale for a whole person approach.

Additionally, the benefits of using a computer system were explained including saving time, improving consistency, delivering accessibility, a means of screening large-scale populations, targeting support and recognizing quickly those at risk.

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