Testimonials for Parent Concern

"I would recommend Sara as a tutor if your child works best in a quiet focused environment with one to one attention. Sara uses a flexible approach and seems intuitive with how to approach the tasks on that day depending on what the child's attention is like that day. The structured and consistent approach has also helped my son feel confident as he knows what to expect when he comes for a lesson.

Sara regularly uses children's special interests to motivate their learning and make the sessions fun. She builds a great rapport with the children and genuinely cares about their learning and building their confidence. My son regularly comes out of a lesson saying 'that was fun!' He enjoys the work and looks forward to going every week."

Anonymous (parent)

"My son, Jacob, has a diagnosis of Autism and also has severe Dyslexia. He is in mainstream school, though often struggles. I wanted to find some extra support for him with his learning and the National Autistic Society recommended that I contact Sara at Parent Concern.

Immediately upon contacting Sara, I was put at ease. She showed real understanding and empathy as to the difficulties that we faced. We commenced with weekly lessons which continued for over 5 years, until Jacob started at High School.

Jacob really enjoyed his lessons with Sara, they built up a good rapport and over the years he had some good fun whilst learning in a safe and nurturing environment.

Sara has been a constant support and source of information for me as a parent. I have encountered difficulties in trying to navigate the complexities of S.E.N provision within the education system. Sara has been on hand to offer advice and has written reports and even attended meetings at the school to assist in ensuring that Jacob received the one to one support he needed to access education in a mainstream setting.

When it became apparent that my younger son may also have Dyslexia, I sought further assistance from Sara and started taking him for weekly lessons also.

I have no hesitation in recommending Sara’s services to other parents. Sara really understands children and how to communicate with them and teach them in a way that suits their individual needs. She was able to make learning fun for both my children and they have benefitted greatly from the time they spent with her."

Sara (parent) - September 2018

"My daughter, C, had just turned 2 years of age when she first met Sara, wearing her Parent Concern hat. C’s expressive language was very delayed despite being talked to, read to, sung to and played with. Sara was able to provide the necessary reassurance that it was nothing more than delay as there was no other obvious problem. C’s understanding was not in question but, for some reason, she had decided that she was not ready to talk. This all changed by the time C. was 3 and it was as though a tap had been turned on. The words just flowed. The vocabulary and the sentences were excellent for her age.

C. still remembers her first encounter with Sara. It was such fun and Sara clearly had a way with young children. After that, I kept in touch with Sara and about 6 months before C. started school Sara did some more formal things with Sara – letters, counting, shapes, colours and very short words. Of course, it was anything but formal to C. and she looked forward to going to Sara’s for half an hour’s “play.” It was never work.

At that stage, it had been suggested to me that C. may be dyspraxic, one possible reason for the delay in expressive language. However, it was a bit too early to confirm dyspraxia but the signs were there. She didn’t like colouring in. She couldn’t use scissors. She was still spilling drinks. Her balance was poor. The most telling was the fact that her verbal skills were much greater than her non-verbal skills. Sara was able to recommend a specialist paediatric physiotherapist who confirmed that C. was indeed dyspraxic.

C. duly started school and I came to an arrangement with Sara that she would see C. once a week to consolidate the things she was doing in school. C’s reading came on by leaps and bounds.

As C. continued on her journey through school, she also continued to see Sara on a weekly basis. Initially, I had assumed that C. would carry on until the end of year 6, at the latest, but certainly not once she had started at senior school. However, when that time came, neither C. nor I wanted to do this and the arrangement carried on. Amazingly, C. is now about to start in year 10.

It was at the end of year 9 that C. and I jointly took the decision that it was time for C. to focus on managing her own learning, something she would have to do in the future. A change from key stage 3 to key stage 4 seemed an ideal time to do this and Sara was very much in agreement with this. Nevertheless, it was very sad and hard to make the change, although we all thought necessary. Sometimes, your head has to rule your heart.

It was a huge wrench for C. as she doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t know Sara and I know that in years to come, C. will look back on her time with Sara with many happy memories.

As a mother, I have no hesitation in recommending Sara as a caring person who will bring out the best in your child, whatever their strengths and weaknesses. If your child has special needs, Sara is able to deal with this or advise where you can get further help and advice. Your child/children will certainly be in safe and caring hands."

Anonymous (parent)

Letter from the Times newspaper announcing the favourite school entry prize for Parent Concern

"We have been using 123 Magic now for the past few weeks and we have really seen a difference in our little boys behaviour

I'm so glad I made the call to Sara. She is fantastic, she listens, gives amazing advice and really helps you every step of the way, there have been a couple of wobbles but Sara was on hand to get us back on track and remain consistent with it all.

You may feel like you've tried everything and you've probably tried something along the lines of this, but what makes the difference is having Sara telling you exactly what to do and how to approach it and stick with it. Sometimes you just need someone to guide you when you feel like nothing is working.

I feel like our family life is a lot calmer now therefore a lot happier, don't get me wrong of course there are moments as with every child but we know how to handle them now and control it in a calmer way.

Thank you very much Sara!"

Kerry (parent)

"I have been coming here for a year and 4 months. Sara is so funny. Sara gives you nice treats.

She reads fun stories with you. I can read much better now and she helps me a lot."

L.H - July 2018