Category Archives: dyspraxia

Awareness Training Testimonial

Awareness Training Testimonial from a Housing Support Charity we recently worked with.



‘I just wanted, again, to extend our thanks for providing the awareness session to the team least week; some of the attendees have given feedback which I thought you might like to hear it:


“I found it interesting, I will be asking schools for more support for young people and Dyslexia as the lady mentioned every school should now have a member of staff trained in this.”


“I thought the training […]

Positive Assessment goes International

At Genius Within we’ve always ensured that our diagnostic assessments highlight strengths, as well as weaknesses.  This is really important, because you cannot be diagnosed with a neurodiverse condition without strengths.

What?  YES.

You cannot be diagnosed with a neurodiverse condition without strengths.

ALL neurodiverse conditions have strengths [see our infographic for more info].

When making a diagnosis, we plot all the different test results on a graphic and look for specific difficulties.  We can’t see difficulties, if there are no strengths!  The […]

When we don’t believe

When we don’t believe

by Alison Blackler, Genius Within Coach


As a coach for Genius Within, I thought I would write a little bit about something that is dear to my heart and something that reminds me how important our work is.  I frequently come across neuro-different clients who do not believe in themselves. They don’t think ‘they are any good’.  In fact, they will quite often report that ‘they are stupid’ and this can be rooted from their experience at school […]

What’s working well in coaching: gaining control over the things that make you stressed

I thought I would take a short pause from encouraging you to make the most of your technology, to talk about Stress Management.

Stress can impact on everyone and can be something that can use up a lot of your concentration, especially if you are also gifted with Neuro Diversity i.e. dyslexia or dyspraxia.

The festive season can be a source of stress for people. There’s a lot to do and organise, between social events and Christmas parties and present buying, you […]

What’s working well in coaching: Using your iPad for flexible working

This series is going to be about getting the most out of portable devices. I am going to start with focusing on getting more from your iPad or iPhone.

A good way to make sure you have the latest copy of your documents on all of your devices is to use a cloud storage solution.

Cloud storage means that your documents are securely stored on a remote computer and can be synchronised to any device you connect to your account.  You can […]

Results from the Memory Genius Pilot so far….


In 2014, Genius Within CIC were commissioned to deliver two pilot courses addressing the needs of prisoners with working memory difficulties.  Working memory is a fundamental intellectual process, which is affected by dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, head injury substance misuse and more.  Your working memory usually allows you to remember between 5 and 9 things at any one time – for example if someone tells you a telephone number or a series of directions you will notice how many you can […]

What was that?

It has been found that those who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD find it harder to filter out irrelevant information from their environment. Other people may be able to block out noise, movement and other things going on around them; however, people with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD may pay just as much attention to them as they would to say the conversation they are having. This means that they have less attention available to focus on the task in hand.
Not […]

What works well in Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Coaching: Perfect Planning System

Perfect Planning Genius

Planning and organising your time to achieve things can be a typical challenge for many people, especially if you are a Dyslexic or Dyspraxic individual.
Something that works really well for my clients is when they have the ideal planning system for them. They may well enjoy a paper diary and a to do list or something electronic i.e. Microsoft Outlook Calendar and task list or a Gmail calendar that works with their mobile telephone.
The consistent keys for the […]

Assessing Dyspraxia

I have recently seen a young woman for an assessment who had been previously assessed at her college. Her previous tests had shown that she was in the bottom 5th of the population for most tests, except spelling. This led her assessor to decide that she was not dyslexic and therefore unable to receive any extra help at college. However her mother was confused – if she scored that low, how was she able to achieve GCSEs in Child Development, […]