Screening & Assessments

Specialist Dyslexia Assessor in Educational Testing

Full diagnostic assessment conducted by a suitably qualified Specialist Teacher holding an Assessment Practicing Certificate.

Consultation

The assessment process starts with a conversation to explore your concerns and what you would like to gain from an assessment.  From this it can be decided whether you need a screening or a full diagnostic assessment.  These are actually quite different in what they will tell you, the difference in price reflects this.

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Dyslexia Screening

This is a short assessment (1-2 hours) to explore the ‘possibility’ of dyslexia.

It includes short tests to explore performance in:

  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Working Memory
  • Phonemic awareness and ability

At the end of the assessment you will be given a short report (2-3 pages), with the results of the assessment giving a profile of strengths and weaknesses in the above area’s and a ‘probability’ of dyslexia based on this information only.  

It is not a diagnosis and is for educational purposes only to guide additional support

Dyscalculia Screening

This is a short assessment (1-2 hours) to explore the ‘possibility’ of dyscalculia.

It includes short tests to explore performance in:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Number sense
  • Working memory

At the end of the assessment you will be given a short report (2-3 pages), with the results of the assessment giving a profile of strengths and weaknesses in the above area’s and a ‘probability’ of dyscalculia based on this information only.  

It is not a diagnosis and is for educational purposes only to guide additional support.

Full Dyslexia Diagnostic Assessment

A full diagnostic assessment takes approximately 3-4 hours and uses standardised tests to enable statistical information to be gained. 

This information is examined alongside background information given from parents / teachers / the student, and observations from during the assessment process, before a dyslexia diagnosis is considered. 

A full assessment report (approx. 25 pages) is provided that will include a diagnosis (if applicable) and also a full learning profile with details of impact and full recommendations for the student / parent / teachers as applicable.

How do I know if I need a screening or an assessment?

If you just have concerns regarding your child’s progress and there hasn’t been a history of relevant interventions at school or privately, it is most likely that a screener will be the best route for you.  This will help clarify the situation and give enough information for you to request intervention from your child’s school.

If there has been a history of your child struggling for quite a while and they have received intervention to help (additional reading / writing / phonics etc) but this has had little impact, a full diagnostic assessment would be your next step.  This will give you an in-depth assessment of all areas of learning and how this is contributing to your child’s difficulties.  Any co-occurring difficulties will be noted with onward referral suggestions if deemed necessary.  Recommendations will be specific to your child and will help your child to be better supported in areas they are struggling with.

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What are the benefits of having a full assessment rather than a screening?

A full diagnostic report can provide a diagnosis of dyslexia (if relevant) and can also be used to apply for DSA (disabled students allowance) if the report is written by an APC holder (assessment practising certificate).

Can an assessment be conducted by any teacher?

No. A full diagnostic assessment can only be conducted by a suitably qualified Specialist Teacher holding an APC (Assessment Practising Certificate) or an Educational Psychologist.

How long is the diagnostic report valid for?

The report can follow your child through school and onto further education or be used as supportive evidence for an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) application.  It can also be used to apply for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance).

Does screening have to be conducted by a specialist teacher?

A screener can generally be conducted by anyone within school with the relevant experience,  however they can often be inaccurate as non specialist teachers frequently miss relevant signs in well compensated or older students.

I would always recommend that screening is conducted by a qualified specialist teacher.

Booking a full diagnostic assessment.

It is essential that the assessee has had a relevant eye test  within 12 months of the assessment date and a hearing test if relevant.

On booking of a full diagnostic assessment you will be asked to send a deposit of £100 to hold the date and time (this is fully refundable up to 7 days before the assessment).
The remaining balance is due on the day of assessment.

The date will be confirmed by email, and you will be asked to complete some background information questionnaires. 

A questionnaire will also be included for you to forward to your child’s school and / or any other professional who has worked closely with them and may be able to add to the background information. 

It is important to try and encourage your child’s school to contribute as it helps to create a well-rounded view of your child in as many circumstances as possible.

(It has also been proven that schools who are asked to contribute to the background information are more likely to engage with the final report).

ASSESSMENT TIME-LINE

Enquiry

Enquiry / booking of assessment date (£100 deposit required)

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Questionnaires

Background and health screening paperwork sent (to be returned at the latest 2 weeks before the assessment date).

Assessment Date

Assessment date (remaining balance of £260 due).

Initial findings will be verbally discussed at the end of the assessment.

Report Issued

Full diagnostic report E-Mailed within 28 working days of assessment.


(Paper copies available on request for a surcharge of £4).

Follow Up

Follow up telephone / video call if required to discuss the report, what it means for your child and the way forward.

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