Dyslexia Assessment

Little girl smiling whilst having a dyslexia assessment

Why have a Dyslexia Assessment?

There are many reasons why you may suspect that your child is dyslexic and are considering having a dyslexia assessment. To begin with, you may be worried about their progress or perhaps there is a history of dyslexia in the family. Also your child's school may have concerns or have identified signs of dyslexia by carrying out a screening test. Most importantly you are investigating your concerns and I am here to help you and your child.
In particular, it is important to know that dyslexia can only be formally identified with a full diagnostic assessment. This can be carried out by either a Psychologist or a qualified specialist teacher such as myself.
Pens and papers on a desk in preparation for a dyselxia assessment

Above all, an assessment is more than just a diagnosis.
For example it can:
  • Improve your child's self-esteem and confidence
  • Allow your child to understand why they find some things difficult
  • Guide both parents and teachers in how to best support your child
  • Provide recommendations for targeted support
  • Suggest appropriate Examination Access Arrangements
  • Be used to apply for funded support at University - Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA)
My assessments keep your child at the heart of the process and as a result identifies both strengths and areas of difficulty. Furthermore assessments carried out by a qualified person such as myself are valid throughout a child's lifetime.   To find out more about Examination Access Arrangements, click here .
Thank you Jo for our son's assessment and report. It's great to have an insight into his strengths and weaknesses. We are now looking forward to being able to move forward more positively with his education.
- Parent of a Year 6 Student

What happens during the assessment process?

As soon as you contact me, we will arrange a telephone consultation to discuss any concerns you may have and book a date for assessment. After that I will email background information questionnaires to be completed by both you and your child's school. Not only will the questionnaires allow me to understand your child better but also they enable me to plan the assessment effectively.
A diagnostic assessment will take up to 3 hours to complete, because of this breaks will often be planned into the session. During the assessment I will explore areas such as:
  • Reading, writing and spelling
  • Handwriting and fine motor skills
  • Phonological processing skills
  • Memory skills
  • Speed of processing
  • Visual and verbal skills
I understand that the assessment process can be daunting for both children and adults. Therefore I take great care to put you and your child at ease in order to create a calm, positive environment for the assessment.
You will receive a detailed written report within 2 weeks of the assessment. If your child has dyslexia, then the report will provide evidence of their dyslexic profile together with recommendations about how to best support them. All recommendations I make not only reflect my experience as a specialist teacher and assessor, but also my understanding of the classroom and the school environment.   Of course once you receive the report, I will be available to answer any questions or queries you may have about the dyslexia assessment.

How do I book an assessment and what will it cost?

Simply contact me for more information and to arrange a date for your child's assessment. Most importantly, please remember that I am here to help you every step of the way. This can also include tutoring after diagnosis.

A full diagnostic assessment costs £525

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What Qualifications do I hold?

My assessments and reports comply with the latest SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) guidance. Furthermore, I am professionally qualified to assess, report and diagnose dyslexia.
In addition to keeping up with the latest developments, I hold the following:
  • A current Assessment Practising Certificate
  • Level 7 specialist qualification in Dyslexia and Literacy
  • Associate Membership of the BDA (AMBDA)
  • Full Professional Membership of PATOSS
  • DBS Clearance
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance