Assessments for dyslexia

The assessment procedure will take on average two to three hours. There are quicker assessments and simple computer screening programmes on the market, but they won’t give you a very detailed breakdown of the particular difficulties you or your child experience.
Two to three hours is too long for younger children and I would therefore recommend we break the assessment time down into several sections with adequate rest breaks.

During this time I will carry out a range of assessments of;
hearing skills
visual skills
verbal skills
physical fine and gross motor skills
literacy skills
I will use diagnostic tests covering the following areas: cognitive, reading, spelling, mathematics, memory, phonic, physical dexterity and handwriting.

After the assessments have been completed the results will be carefully analysed and a full in-depth written report will be produced for you. The report will give you a detailed breakdown of my findings and also recommendations for future action, tuition and possible examination dispensation.

Please note, the final decision for dispensation in examinations rests with the school and examining body. Dispensation can include;
extra time
a reader
a scribe
use of a P.C.
a full amanuensis
The assessments take place in a comfortable office in the centre of Norwich where there are no distractions or interruptions. (However for an extra cost it is possible to deliver the assessments in your own home).
All assessments and results are treated confidentially. It is up to you who you share the results with, for example with your child’s school, your college or employer.

What is the purpose of such an assessment?

  • Knowing you or your child has dyslexia can often alter the perception of the difficulties experienced. Knowing that there is a reason for the problems experienced can emotionally relieve some of the pressure.
  • A diagnosis can also activate appropriate support in both the work place and school.
  • The assessment will be detailed and it will offer clear guidelines as to what areas need to receive remedial intervention.
  • The assessment can be used to gain dispensation in examinations.