This blog post attempts to explain what a Dyslexia Screening assessment is and what children can benefit from one.
What is a Dyslexia Screening assessment?
A Dyslexia Screening assessment from ‘Surrey Dyslexia Support’ involves using professional standardised tests to determine your child’s Word Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading speed and Spelling skills. Children are also asked to write a short piece of independent writing so that this can be analysed. For younger children, a phonic assessment is also useful.
What happens after the assessment?
You will receive a report with all of the scores, the areas of strengths and weaknesses noted and, crucially, useful strategies linked to these. If the scores come out as low and dyslexia is suspected, you will be given more information on this and the option to ‘top-up’ to a full assessment, if this is wanted.
How is a Dyslexia Screening assessment different to a full diagnostic assessment?
In a full diagnostic assessment, as well as the literacy tests mentioned above, the following tests would be undertaken: Verbal and Visual Intelligence, Memory, Phonological and Processing skills and Handwriting Speed and Letter Formation.
Who is a Dyslexia Screening assessment for?
A dyslexia screening assessment is ideal for the following situations:
- A child is 6 years old. (Full dyslexia assessments are recommended for children aged seven and over).
- A child is showing some difficulties at school with their Literacy skills, but the parent is unsure if it is dyslexia or not.
- A child is showing some difficulties at school with their Literacy skills but a full diagnostic is not wanted at this current time due to cost/other factors.
What is the cost of a Dyslexia Screening assessment and when/where can it take place?
The cost of a Dyslexia Screening assessment is £95. This can take place on a weekend or I can come to your child’s school during the day on a Monday/Tuesday.
Please contact Rebecca on the ‘Contact’ page for more information.