Thank you for all your help for getting my confidence up in reading and writing and spelling.
I feel great after all the help you gave to me.
I am so glad we found Cellfield. The change in Ruairidh is fantastic. We went into Cellfield with open minds and were not disappointed. Ruairidh is now more confident and happy, something you can't put a price on! One week after finishing Cellfield Ruairidh came downstairs to tell us he had finished reading his book on his own and that he for the first time actually understood the story! I will never forget this moment it made all of us feel so proud! Ruairidh will now happily pick up a book, magazine or newspaper, something he would never do before as reading was so difficult. We are so pleased with Ruairidh's continuing success. I cannot thank you and Wendy enough for your kindness towards all of us, you made us feel very welcome. You believed in Ruairidh which in turn made him feel very important.
Parents of Ruairidh
Thank you and the team so very much. Kirsten has come home with a renewed keeness for her reading that is really nice to see! There is definitely a marked improvement in her reading fluency already.Lisa (Mum of Kirsten) October 2011
Thank you for helping me through the week. School is so much easier now than it was before. I am doing well with 10 minute quiet and 10 minute reading. I am getting ten out of 10 every night so far.Kirsten, 13. October 2011
When I think back 3 months to where I am today I would never have thought I would finish one book never mind be onto my third.
I first noticed the difference with attending Cellfield at work, it has given me more confidence as far as writing up quotes for insurance purposes, etc and overall in general I am a more confident person.
The fact I can sit and read a book that I really enjoy and when finished gives me great satisfaction. I can actually take a book on holiday with me next year and be like everyone else and sit by the pool and read. It has encouraged me so much I am thinking of joining the library.
If it hadn't been for Fiona at Cellfield and this programme being available, I would not have had the confidence to achieve any of this.
My name is Stephanie and I am 32 years old and I have recently completed the Cellfield programme. I'd like to give you a bit of my background before I went to Cellfield, my confidence was very low, I had never read a book from cover to cover, apart from the one I read for my English Higher which I found extremely hard to do, as I could never remember the sentence I had just read. There were also times in my life at school I never answered any class questions as I always thought my answers were wrong. When people would say things to me I took it differently to what they actually meant which would sometimes lead to arguments. I always joked I had short term memory loss as I could never remember what someone had just said to me. I just put everything down to me being unintelligent, low self esteem and generally feeling stupid.
I then went to see my Reflexologist and we were chatting about books and when I mentioned I don't read books and explained why she said it sounded like I was Dyslexic. She passed on details of Cellfield.
I went along for preliminary consultation to establish if I showed any signs of dyslexia. The results concluded that I was a high risk case for dyslexia. Fiona then gave me details of an Educational Psychologist. I contacted him and went along for an examination which confirmed I was dyslexic other than the fact I could spell, I also had dyscalculia and short term auditory processing problems.
I then followed the Cellfield program and since then my confidence has improved, I read 1 book within 3 weeks and am now halfway through the Da Vinci Code. I find reading so exciting now and have booked myself into 2 graphic design courses to help further my career.
Stephanie. August 2010
A little bit late! Just the same written with heartfelt gratitude to you and your staff for helping Skye to enjoy, understand and appreciate her capabilities and possibilities for the future.
Cellfield, I would recommend to anyone who experienced the same blockages we did with Skye's mainstream education!
Skye has come on leaps and bounds and we are far more relaxed and positive about her future learning.
I enclose a letter written by Skye (all her own work!).
The kindest regards,Parents of Skye
What Cellfield did for me.
I am a 14 years old dyslexic and I have just started my standard grade courses. I did Cellfield during the summer and I think that it has helped in several different ways. Such as now I can read things on TV accurately, I can now read in the car (I don't know how long for) and I couldn't do that for more than a minute before, I can read my book and it is not so much of a chore anymore, it is now just interesting and does not require will power because I want to read two and then three and so on until I have to stop and do something else.Siobhan. August 2009
You are life savers.Love from Caitlin, aged 10
"I am from East Sussex and decided to go up to Stirling to do Cellfield. I am so glad I did because it has completely changed my view on life. I cannot stress how much it has helped me in school, I have just passed my English language GCSE and got a B and a few marks away from an A, which I would never have dreamed of before. I have improved, not only academically: I am now able to remember directions and routes to places that I go to all the time, which I stuggled hugely with before. I'm more confident in speaking and don't stumble over my words anymore. It's amazing how 2 weeks of my life has completely changed the rest of my life forever!!!"Charlotte (15) October 2013
I was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 16, all through secondary school I mastered my own strategy to complete assignments and tests. One day a teacher wrote on the board "what ROUTE do you want to take in life when you leave school?" my palms were sweating what did that 5-letter word say R O U T E? I might as have been looking at a car registration plate. How could I answer this question without embarressing myself? I asked my friend she said, "the root", that's how I heard it phonetically and I was able to answer the question. When I got home, I told my mum I thought I was dyslexic, I was emotional, and I felt I needed help. Weeks later at my parent's night my English teacher told my parents and me I would never get my English higher. Never was never an option.
We were recommended to go to Cellfield Reading Matters, where I met Fiona Macdiarmaid, I instantly felt understood, and Fiona explained how a dyslexic mind processes information in comparison to a non-dyslexic mind. Fiona suggested that I visit a Child Psychologist to complete a Dyslexic test and at age 16, six months before sitting my Highers I was told I was Dyslexic. I then informed the school, and I was given extra time to sit my exams and assigned a scribe to write this today.
When I started the Cellfield Computer based 10-day programme, I had a reading age of 9 years and when I completed it my reading age increased to 16 years. At the end, I could not believe that when Fiona gave me articles to read, I could read them better than I had before, and my interpretation had improved.
If I could do that in 10 days, what could I do in 10 years?
My confidence grew, I passed my English Higher, I did another Cellfield course at age 20 and achieved my Events Management Degree and over the years I have enjoyed various jobs in the Events industry. The Cellfield programme and the team's encouragement, especially Fiona's all contributed to unlocking my power to read, for that I will be forever grateful.HANNAH PATRICIA THORNLEY
Our daughter was diagnosed quite late into her high school life with dyslexia. When we received the diagnosis we searched for support that would help our daughter to shine in the way that she deserved, given how hard she works.
My daughter was already attending Kip McGrath and Fiona MacDiarmid was my daughter’s tutor. We spoke with Fiona about more targeted support and Fiona recommended Cellfield. My husband was cynical, how could this process work? How could this help? All the usual questions and Fiona was very patient with us taking the time to explain the science and the rationale. It is expensive so we wanted to ensure it was right for our daughter. It is also an intensive period for the person embarking on this journey.
My daughter ( initially)was hesitant but decided to go through the program. After an intensive few weeks I’m glad to report that our daughter went from strength to strength. Improving her reading ability, her process skills and comprehension she slowly began to rebuild her confidence when seeing for herself, better results. Our daughter improved ( for herself) her chances and because she wanted to go to university we did everything we could to help her, and Fiona really drew out the benefits of this program for our daughter to better understand how this could positively impact her.
Our daughter still has to work hard to get what others might take for granted, but the difference before and after Cellfield is remarkable. Fiona supported our daughter to be the best she could be and Cellfield was part of that journey. There is no doubt in any of our minds Cellfield contributed positively, and impacted directly on our daughters skill development. Now at university studying what she wanted to study we see a more confident, stronger young lady on a path we were not sure she could trail before. This is what our daughter wanted, for herself, and she is blossoming because of this intervention.
I credit Fiona and Cellfield with that outcome as well as our daughter who embraced the program with everything she had!
We cannot recommend Fiona or Cellfield highly enough!
"Happy new year!!
It’s almost exactly a year since Jack started Cellfield. I can hardly believe the difference it’s made to him. I went up to see him last night and for the first time ever, he said “Mum, I don’t think I’ll listen to audible tonight, I’m going to read one of my books from Christmas”. He’d already got his night light over and his bundle of books and was all prepared. I was actually quite emotional.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you. It’s not just the improvement because of the course, it’s the confidence and belief you give the kids as well. Xx"Jack Bottomley
"I would like to thank you and everyone who helped me for introducing me to Cellfield. It was a long two weeks but it was worth it. For the first time I picked up a book and actually enjoyed it and understood it. Also the ten week follow up was a great help. I saw an improvement in me as a person and my confidence in reading. Everybody was so kind and helpful and I would just like to say thanks."Skye, (11)
“I really enjoyed going to Cellfield every day. I could feel my reading getting better over the two weeks. All of the staff there were so much fun and made it interesting for me. I think that my reading has really improved since I went to Cellfield. Before I went to Cellfield I didn’t really like reading books but now I love reading them. I have read Goodnight Mister Tom, Children of Winter, Series of Unfortunate Events and I am reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the moment."Alexandra (10)
"We think of Cellfield as our long-awaited miracle. It is like a good book - the further you get into it the more sense it makes. It opened the gate and introduced our 10-year-old son to the literary world. He literally cannot put a book down now! He is totally hooked and never goes anywhere these days without a book, if not two. His confidence in dealing with language based maths problems and English comprehension is coming on leaps and bounds. Thanks to the Cellfield Intervention programme he is also enjoying school far more"Parents of Archie (10)
“We have found the past few months very emotional. I am so glad we found Cellfield. The change in Ruairidh is fantastic. We went into Cellfield with open minds and were not disappointed. Ruairidh is now more confident and happy, something you can’t put a price on! One week after finishing Cellfield, Ruairidh came downstairs to tell us he had finished reading his book on his own and that he for the first time actually understood the story. I will never forget this moment as it made all of us feel so proud! Ruairidh will now happily pick up a book, magazine or newspaper, something he would never do before as reading was so difficult. We are so pleased with Ruairidh’s continuing success."Parent of Ruairidh (12)
"Cellfield has made a real difference to Andrew. I am thrilled that he can now pick up a book or comic with confidence and know that it is possible to enjoy reading it. This is an intervention that I wholeheartedly recommend to parents/guardians of children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. This is quite literally a life changing intervention"Mum of Andrew (11)
"I almost missed out on Cellfield because I thought it was not for me; it was nothing I had already heard about, it sounded too new and different. However, when I did my research it did make so much sense. Cellfield is not a magic bullet and it is a commitment in both time and money, but it has certainly changed the lives of my two children, especially my son. He would describe himself as an avid reader now as he reads for pleasure and information. When I asked him what Cellfield did for him, he said "it was like a door opened in my brain and all the fighting battles left and it was much calmer". It is impossible to put into the words the joy and pride I feel every time I see them with their nose in a book."Mum of Tom (10) & Poppy (9)
"Cellfield has made a huge difference for me across the board. Not just in being able to read better and understand what I am reading but it has also sped up my brain in general. I have found myself to be able to touch type very accurately and quickly as well as being able to speak more fluently without having to pause so often. I can also carry out tasks more quickly such as being able to write essays. I would recommend Cellfield to anyone. Even if you have no problem with reading or writing Cellfield will make a difference to you no matter what. No matter how old you are Cellfield will still change things for the better."Carrick (17)
"Before I went to Cellfield, my confidence was very low, I had never read a book from cover to cover. There were also times in my life at school I never answered any questions as I always thought my answers were wrong. When people would say things to me I took it differently to what they actually meant which would sometimes lead to arguments. I always joked I had short term memory loss as I could never remember what someone had just said. I just put everything down to me being unintelligent, low self esteem and generally feeling stupid. I went along to Cellfield to establish if I showed any signs of dyslexia. The results concluded that I was a high risk case for dyslexia. I then followed the Cellfield programme and since then my confidence has improved, I read 1 book within 3 weeks and I am now halfway through The Da Vinci Code. I find reading so exciting now"Stephanie (32)
"Thank you so much for all the help and encouragement you have given Evie. After just 2 weeks of Cellfield her reading skills have improved so dramatically I can hardly believe it. She is now reading so much faster and she can understand and follow the story so much better. She enjoyed coming for her sessions and never once complained....I think that is largely down to you, your fantastic rapport with children and the sophisticated design of the Cellfield programme making it fun to do."Mum of Evie, 11
"Thank you very much for helping me with my dyslexia! I think I am getting better at my reading and spelling."Evie (11)
“Cellfield has been a relief, to say the least as I have finally broken the reading barrier and the frustration prior to the course. The things I have noticed the most is my call back memory and now enjoyment in reading (understanding). Great environment in which to undertake it and all very supportive."Jo (19)
"I love Cellfield!"
"I can read because of Cellfield."Sean (8)