Dyslexia Assessments

Dyslexia assessments can be a bit of a minefield for parents, due to conflicting information available. The post below aims to give a clear explanation of dyslexia assessments and whether one may be useful for your child.

Why might my child need a dyslexia assessment? 

Is your child experiencing problems with developing reading, spelling or writing skills? An assessment can be useful in order to pinpoint the exact difficulties that your child is having and recommendations can then be made for how to overcome these difficulties.

Often children with dyslexic difficulties will have average or above average intelligence but have problems with acquiring literacy skills and with processing and retaining information. This can lead to frustration, lack of confidence and motivation as well as hindering progress if it is not quickly tackled.

What does a dyslexia assessment consist of?

A dyslexia assessment is a full diagnostic assessment which typically takes around 2 – 2 and a half hours.

During the assessment the following areas will be analysed:

Word reading, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Free writing, Handwriting, Phonological skills, Memory, Processing speed, Verbal and Visual intelligence.

Who can carry out dyslexia assessments?

Educational Psychologists and Specialist Assessors can carry out dyslexia assessments.

The benefits of having an assessment through ‘Surrey Dyslexia Support’ are:

  •  Your child will be assessed by a fully qualified specialist teacher and assessor for dyslexia who has up-to-date training.
  • As the assessor is a current practising teacher you can be assured that the recommendations will be practical, relevant and jargon-free.
  • A private specialist assessor is typically significantly cheaper than getting an assessment through an Educational Psychologist. (£250 compared to £400+)

When is the best age and time to have an assessment?

Dyslexia assessments are recommended for those aged 7 or older.

Assessments need to be no earlier than the beginning of Year 9 in order to count towards Exam Access Arrangements for GCSEs, such as extra time.

What happens after the assessment? 

The assessment will include a full report with recommended areas to develop and  strategies linked to these. If appropriate, a diagnosis of dyslexia will be given and free follow up phone calls can be arranged with the school to discuss the report and actions following it.

Please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca from Surrey Dyslexia Support at r.crocker@live.co.uk/07549 426232 for more info.

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