Holly Swinton is a Specialist Dyslexia Assessor, accredited by the British Dyslexia Association, providing dyslexia testing, assessment and diagnosis across the Midlands.
Holly is a graduate of Royal Holloway-University of London, Bath Spa University and Edge Hill University. She lives and works in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
She started her career as a primary school teacher, teaching children from Reception to Year Six. After leaving the teaching profession, she spent several years as a one-to-one tutor of children with learning difficulties. In the process, she developed tried-and-tested ways to help under-achieving children progress to the top of the class.
Dyslexia quickly emerged as her specialism. Keen to do more to help dyslexic children and adults, she undertook masters-level study to become a Specialist Dyslexia Assessor, graduating with a PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) qualification.
She is now an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), with Approved Teacher Status (ATS), which means she is fully qualified to carry out dyslexia assessments that meet the official standards accepted by schools and workplaces.
Holly is not just a dyslexia assessor. She is an author, public speaker, and media commentator, raising awareness around the subject of dyslexia.
Holly also used her in-depth knowledge of dyslexia to author a book, Defeat Dyslexia!: The Parents’ Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Dyslexia, and an accompanying website, which offers guidance, learning resources and moral support for parents of dyslexic children.
Many people are surprised to learn that Holly herself is dyslexic. Her success (in academia and the world of work) provides a real source of inspiration for her clients, young and old. (Read more about Holly’s Dyslexia Story.)
Holly is assisted by Trisha Barnes, a PA with over 20 years’ experience in administration. Trisha lives in Bristol with her teenage son, who is on the autism spectrum, and their rescue dog, Smudge.