Dyslexia Services - Full Diagnostic Assessment
Who is this assessment for?
Any child age 7+ who is experiencing significant difficulty learning to read, spell and write and has not been previously assessed or requires a full update since a previous assessment.
What does the assessment cover?
Your child will complete assessments relating to general underlying ability, attainments in reading, spelling and writing and those cognitive processing skills which characterise a specific learning difficulty (phonological awareness, verbal memory, verbal processing speed and visual processing). You will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire about your child and provide copies of your child’s school report and, if available, relevant reports from other professionals. A school questionnaire and standardised checklists may also form part of your child’s assessment.
How long does the assessment take?
Usually between 3 to 4 hours working with your child which will be split into two shorter sessions.
What happens after the assessment?
You will receive a comprehensive and detailed written report within 3 weeks of your child’s last assessment session. This will provide a full description and interpretation of the assessment findings and include your child’s strengths as a learner, areas for development, recommendations for support and a conclusion. If you child’s assessment profile is consistent with a specific learning difficulty the report may include a diagnosis of dyslexia and/or suggest onward referral to relevant professionals.
Access Arrangements for Exams
From Year 9 onwards, a more specific assessment can contribute to an application for particular Access Arrangements in Exams. In line with the Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) regulations, it is essential that this assessment involves the SENDCo. at your child’s school or college from the outset. An Access Arrangements for Exams assessment will detail any evidence found and make recommendations for possible access arrangements as appropriate. It will also include completion of relevant paperwork (JCQ Form 8 section C) and documentation needed by the school for JCQ inspection.
Disabled Students’ Allowances
Full diagnostic reports can be used to support an application for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). These funds are for students in Higher Education who have dyslexia or another specific learning difficulty which directly affects their ability to study. They are intended to cover extra study related costs, such as assistive technology and specialist support.