I contacted Essential Psychology with regards to my ten year old son. He has always found reading difficult and whenever I questioned school about his progress they always said he would catch up and I wasn’t to worry. However, time has progressed and the divide between him and his peers has grown. So much so that he himself is aware of his shortfalls. During one particular homework session, I found his self esteem and confidence to be disturbingly low. He was so negative about himself and his abilities that I really began to panic for him, particularly with regards to his entrance into comp in September!I did a bit of research and finally decided upon Essential Psychology. I contacted them and within a week the lovely Jo Davies was sitting at our kitchen table assessing my son. Despite my son being initially nervous, Jo immediately put him at ease and I was more than happy to leave them to it. The results ultimately confirmed what we had been thinking. Jo knew that I had a scheduled parent evening due and she processed her report extra fast to ensure that I had it ready to share with the school. As a result of the report and advice given by Jo, changes have been put in place that will help him at school. Despite school’s previous denial of any difficulties, with an official report in their possession, they have had to acknowledge them! At home, I can target the specific areas most in need of assistance.The whole process was quick and simple. Having been able to demonstrate to my son that he has strengths, as well as a couple of weaknesses, has already boosted his confidence. In a very short time, he already comes out of school with a smile on his face. Something I hadn’t seen in a long time! His attitude at home has altered too. He is far less reluctant to settle into work and approaches it with a positive mind!I am so very grateful for the speedy response of Jo Davies. If I had approached school to arrange such an assessment, it would have taken months and months. I have since been told by my health visitor that the waiting list can be as long as 18 months! It isn’t a cheap option, but getting Essential Psychology involved was most definitely the best move we made!