Dyslexia Diagnostic Assessments for Children
Love Dyslexia offers your child the unique opportunity of having an assessment where both you and they feel the most comfortable, whether this is at home, school or at our office near Cambridge.
We provide all the equipment needed, and some healthy snacks. All that is required is a quiet place with a table for the short writing tasks. We are incredibly adaptable and have been known to undertake parts of an assessment on a climbing frame, within a playhouse and even in a couple of feet of snow!
Our aim is to make the experience as fun as possible and with two decades of working with children we are able to quickly refine teaching styles to meet the needs of the child.
How is the assessment carried out
The assessment length can vary although a general guide would be 1-2 hours for a Key Stage 1 child and 2-3 hours for Key stage 2 or 3. Breaks are built into the session at regular intervals to suit the needs of the child.
The assessment begins with an informal chat using a simple scale to discover how the child feels about their learning, what they enjoy or find difficult and what they think might be able to make their learning improve. We then use a range of assessments to uncover the child’s learning profile which looks at how they best learn and areas that they might need support with and why.
This includes assessing their understanding of language; non-verbal reasoning skills; general intelligence strengths and weaknesses; working memory – both auditory and visual; phonic recognition and skills; reading accuracy, comprehension, fluency, spelling and written skills. An assessment for numeracy can also be requested.
The final part of the assessment is the diagnostic testing for dyslexia. While the data from these assessments is valuable we are also interested in observing how the child manages tasks in terms of concentration, attention to task and self-esteem. All these areas are reflected upon within drawing conclusions about the child learning style. All findings are discussed with the parents/carers on the day and we find it valuable, where possible, to also discuss this with the child class teacher so recommendations can be made when necessary.
All findings will then be provided within a formal report which will be sent within 10 days.