Assessments

Employer Assessment

Dyslexia North East are happy to undertake diagnostic assessments for companies and organisations.

Child Assessment

Dyslexia North East offer assessments on children from age 7-18.

Adult Assessment

Dyslexia North East provides assessments for adults age 18-89

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Diagnostic Dyslexia Assessment

Screening Interview and report £50
Dyslexia Specialist Teacher  £385
Educational Psychologist £495

A fully qualified Educational Psychologist or Specialist Dyslexia Teacher with an approved qualification, as laid down in the SpLD Working Group guidelines 2005, including a Practising Certificate, will perform the Dyslexia Assessment. All information is handled in accordance with GDPR guidelines.

The assessment takes 2-3 hours, depending on how many extra tests need to be administered.

Dyslexia Assessment Process

Complete Request form

A member of Dyslexia North East will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

If booking an adult assessment, an appointment will be made for a screening interview, which will take place either over the phone or face to face.  If booking a child assessment, family and school questionnaires will be sent for completion.

An appointment will be made for the assessment. The Terms and conditions along with a confirmation letter will be e-mailed with an invoice for a £100 deposit to secure the booking.

Assessment takes place.

The assessment report and evaluation will be issued 3 weeks upon full payment. A paper copy will be sent out if requested.

Return evaluation.

Initial Dyslexia Screen Interview

The aim of this interview is to obtain relevant background knowledge so that the full picture of the individual’s problems can be assessed in depth. Also, it is important for the assessor to understand the reasons for referral, whether from an individual, parent, School, College or Workplace. This will be arranged by phone or in person before the formal assessment, so that all the relevant information is available for the assessor. This could take up to 1 hour, depending on the individual circumstances. After the Interview, a decision can be made as to whether an assessment is appropriate, and If an alternative route is suggested, recommendations can be offered.
The venue for the assessment will be agreed by the individual concerned and the assessor. This will be as stress-free as possible.

A Dyslexia Screening interview gains background Information and looks at:

  • Medical and Developmental history.
  • Family history.
  • Educational history, school attendance, and any difficulties experienced in reading, writing, spelling, numeracy and expressing ideas on paper.
  • Records of previous exam results, access arrangements, statement of educational needs, or learning support input.
  • Summary of medical reports relating to speech and language development, balance and co-ordination problems, dyspraxia, or hearing and visual difficulties.
  • Psychology reports including any behavioural issues, or other associated problems such as ADHD or autism.
  • Details of language history, especially if English is a second language.

Assessment - What We Cover?

All assessment tools are standardised with clear evidence of validity and reliability.

Assessment of literacy attainment

Reading: This includes single words, non-word reading, text reading and reading comprehension.  The individual’s reading profile will show evidence of being able to understand text that is; word recognition, fluency, reading speed, and decoding.

Spelling:  This includes single word standardised task, a piece of free writing, and dictation of sentences if appropriate.
The individual’s spelling profile will show knowledge, spelling performance, and speed of response.

Writing:  This includes writing on a sheet of paper to demonstrate an individual’s ability to write with attention paid to structure of sentences, coherence of writing, composition, writing speed, grammar, vocabulary and legibility. Copying a piece of work will highlight any difficulties with hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills.         

Assessment of ability and cognition

Observations and assessment tasks are performed to demonstrate any discrepancies between verbal and non-verbal ability. Processing speed and working memory tasks will assess areas of cognitive function.

Cognitive Processing: Evaluation of cognitive processes are performed to establish an individual’s intellectual potential and ability.

Attainment tests in literacy and numeracy are performed to establish achievement levels.

These tests are standardised, and scores are compared to a normal range, so as to obtain an accurate picture of the individual’s potential strengths and weaknesses. If there is a discrepancy found between potential and achievement, then other perceptual tests can be done to demonstrate how well the brain interprets and processes information through the senses.  In addition, other perceptual tests are done as appropriate, to assess working memory, processing speed and visual/auditory skills of the individual. Additional tools can be used in numeracy assessment, and motor control assessment.Information and a questionnaire about Visual Stress can be given, with referral to a trained Optometrist, if it is appropriate.

REPORT OF THE FINDINGS

The individual will receive a complete report outlining the findings of the assessment, together with their profile scores from all the tasks completed. All of our reports follow the ‘Specific Learning Difficulty Standards Committee’ (SASC) guidelines who are the Uk recognised benchmark.  The Report will include explanations about the significance of the Assessment results so that the individual can have a clear idea about the findings, as well as areas of strengths, and areas of weaknesses where extra support is required.  The Report will also include recommendations on how to adjust learning and work schedules, so as to be able to cope with any needs that have been identified.  Advice will be given about useful learning techniques and computer-based tools that could help the individual at School, College or in the Workplace.

A follow up appointment will be arranged in person or by phone to discuss the Report findings with the individual and the Assessor. Further explanations can be given as appropriate. With the individual’s written consent, a copy of the Report can be forwarded to the School, College or Employer, so that the implications of the Report can be understood, and reasonable adjustments be put in place.

Further support and advice can be obtained, such as follow up tuition or consultation.

Completion of an Evaluation Form at the end of the Assessment process would be greatly valued, to make sure the appropriate services are delivered to help dyslexics.

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