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Sharing best practice of diagnosing and assessing adults with Neuro-Diversity in the workplace

Monday 16th June 2014

The workshop will cover best practice in diagnosing and assessing adults with neuro-diverse conditions. The workshop will explore:

  • The various tests available.
  • DfES guidelines.
  • Report writing standards.
  • Issues to consider in testing situations.
  • The Equality Act 2010.
  • Workplace Needs Assessments.

Participants will gain an overview of the field and be able to familiarise themselves with current research and knowledge on Dyslexia and Dyspraxia diagnosis. Other Neuro-Diverse conditions such as AD(H)D and ASD will be discussed and how these conditions may present during diagnostic assessment in the workplace, as well as how to screen and refer. We will look at case studies in order to discuss and formulate best practice. Lastly, we will consider the Workplace Needs Assessment in its legal context of the Equality Act 2010, with implications for Psychologists working in the field.

This workshop will be the result of several months study from the DOP Working Group on Neuro-diversity in Employment. We have explored the ways in which adult Neuro-diverse issues need to be differentiated from those of a child or student. We have identified specific areas for concern around communication of results, confidentiality boundaries and the ethical implications of our work.

Pre-course work

Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to:

a) Read the following prior to the workshop:

McLoughlin, D. And Leather, C. (2013) The Dyslexic Adults. BPS Blackwell, Chichester
Bartlett, D., Moody, S. And Kindersley, K. (2010) Dyslexia in the Workplace: An Introductory Guide.Wiley Blackwell, Chichester.
Armstrong, T. (2011). Neurodiversity: ReadHowYouWant
Eide, F.L., and Eide, B. (2011).The Dyslexic Advantage. Hudson Street Press: NY

b) Read an example report (both workplace and diagnostic)

c)Participants will be directed to relevant pages of websites of some major charities involved in the field prior to the workshop.

Target audience

Chartered Psychologists working with, or interested in working with Adults with any of the Neuro-Diversities

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To be up to date on research in Neuro-diversity
  • Evidence of CPD as part of maintaining a Practice Certificate
  • To devise a personal best practice of conducting assessments and writing reports
  • To gain clarity in understanding legal implications of diagnostics and workplace needs assessments
  • To network with other professionals working in this specific area within Occupational Psychology

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Monday 16th June 2014

10:00Registration & Refreshments
10:00Workshop Begins
13:00Lunch Break
13:30Workshop Recommences

Speakers and Facilitators

Nancy Doyle CPsychol AFBPsS

Nancy Doyle has worked in the field of Neuro-diversity since 2001, conducting assessments, diagnosing and also delivering training and coaching programmes. Nancy convenes the DOP Working Group on Neuro-diversity and Employment and is an active campaigner through her links with various charities on driving up standards for adult services. Nancy co-designed a range of e-learning tools for adults with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Cheryl Issacs CPsychol AFBPsS

Cheryl Isaacs is a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist with over 13 years of experience within the areas of executive coaching, assessment, training, mediation and development.
Cheryl is a Neuro-Diversity specialist and has provided diagnostic assessment, coaching and training to over 1100 clients in this field. Cheryl is also Co-Director of Genius Within Ltd.
Cheryl is a qualified coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

Helen Bartimote CSci AFBPsS

Helen has worked as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist for the last 16 years. During that time she has supported a range of organisations, primarily in the Emergency Services sector. She has been involved in delivery of diagnostic assessments, delivering awareness training and also providing neurodiversity policy advice. In 2010 Helen presented a paper at the Division of Occupational Psychology's annual conference on her approach to supporting neurodiversity within the London Fire Brigade. Since 2013 Helen has worked as an associate for Genius Within to help support delivery of both diagnostic and workplace assessments.


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