Assessments can be expensive and confusing. Here's what you need to know before you pay for someone to assess your child.
COGNITIVE ASSESSMENTS & ACHIEVEMENT TESTING
Cognitive assessments such as the Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive and Achievement Tests use an approach known as discrepancy testing. These tests look at your child's thinking and academic abilities compared to most children their age. The testing can be around three hours long and not all children can cope with this. You will receive a very detailed written report. Dyslexia may be diagnosed using this testing, as well as any problems with processing speed or working memory.
This test can only be given by a psychologist or a Level C Assessor who has undertaken the appropriate training. Other professionals are NOT licensed to use this test or to formally diagnose Dyslexia. Help2Learn does not offer this type of testing.
DYSLEXIA SCREENERS, CHECKLISTS & QUESTIONNAIRES
Online screening 'tests' and checklists are available, as well as formal screeners that a teacher or other professional may use, to identify risk of a person having dyslexia. Some of these can give useful information and they may be useful where a full assessment is not possible due to cost or for some other reason. Dyslexic tendencies, or risk of dyslexia, may be identified, but these tools should never be used on their own to diagnose dyslexia, ADHD, or any other kind of difficulty. It is also unlikely that a screening test can give enough useful information to plan the specific teaching and other support the person needs.
If you would like a 'quick glance' screening test, you will find one here
Educational Therapists are trained to use a wide range of tests to identify the difficulties which underpin dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other difficulties. The therapist chooses which tests would be most appropriate for the individual child. We also gather detailed parent and teacher information to inform our assessment. We begin working with your child to help them straight away. Assessments can be conducted during weekly sessions, and remedial teaching begins during the very first session. You will receive ongoing information about what your child's difficulties are, plus activities and strategies to help at home. Assessment data is recorded in weekly notes made by the therapist. You are free to choose whether you would like to pay extra for a formal written report.