Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have spoken with the class teacher and SENDCO at school and you still have concerns about your child’s progress, trust your own feelings and start to investigate the options on our website. In our experience, if you have concerns, they are best dealt with as soon as possible so that confidence levels are not diminished.
No, anyone who has literacy, maths, study skills, memory or speed of processing difficulties can benefit.
A screening test can be administered by anyone. It gives an idea of whether the individual is at risk of dyslexia. These are often used in schools. They are not a diagnosis and can produce unreliable positive or negative results.
A full diagnostic assessment will diagnose dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties if appropriate. The report may be used for a DSA (Disability Student Allowance) application, reasonable adjustments within school, university and the workplace.
Dyslexia and other specific learning differences can only be diagnosed by Specialist Assessors or Chartered Consultant Psychologists.
We offer full diagnostic assessments from the age of 7 years upwards. The report outlines the reasons for the difficulties, along with a profile of strengths and weaknesses and a set of individual recommendations for taking you or your child forward.
The choice of whether to have a specialist teacher/assessor or a consultant psychologist assessment is yours. Generally, if you feel there are possible autistic tendencies present too, you may prefer to pursue the psychologist assessment, otherwise either type is appropriate.
To be fair, we’re not surprised! It ranges from a group situation of 6 or more working with a teaching assistant, to highly experienced and qualified specialist teachers/tutors who have supported individuals across the full age range.
Those of us who were formerly employed by Dyslexia Action, like our management team, have been working in this specialist field for many years. Have a detailed look at our website and get in touch so that we can set you on the most appropriate individual pathway.
If you disagree with this, often a full diagnostic assessment will evaluate whether your child is underperforming. This will provide a very informative and useful guide to everyone involved. Even if they do not have a dyslexic profile, this does not mean they are not underperforming, and this will be made clear in the report. It also allows you to have an initial discussion with the professional to express your concerns, and after the assessment a further discussion about the results and way forward.
When our management team were involved in recent times with the ‘Train the Trainer’ events, funded by the DFE, alongside the BDA and PATOSS, we were offering free training for school and college SENCOs but were made very aware that resources were extremely stretched, often resulting in the least qualified people trying t support those most in need. So why not consider one of our specialist teacher/tutors, who can work with your child to ensure they fulfil their potential. Our tutors can work in a variety of environments: schools, homes or online. Search our database to find one who offers the service you require.
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Full Diagnostic Assessments can now be administered from 6 years old and before this a Skills Profile Assessment will assess the potential of your child and whether they are currently on course to meet it, from an even younger age.
The problem with ‘waiting to see’ is that your child is being exposed to failure on a daily basis, which corrodes confidence levels and self-esteem. Unfortunately, sometimes resulting in them avoiding doing what they find so tricky and for some, their behaviour starts to be impacted.
A child will usually not catch-up without specialist intervention.
Dyslexia is a life-long condition.
A statement has now been replaced with an EHCP ( Education Health Care Plan). These are produced in consultation with all involved (school, parents and specialists). The majority of dyslexics are not given one of these as their needs are considered to be adequately catered for. However, if your child is severely Dyslexic and is not achieving you may be able to apply for an EHCP Plan.
The Equality Act 2010 states that they must make ‘reasonable adjustments.’ What is considered ‘reasonable’ can differ. Most teachers value the advice and guidance provided in a report because it helps with differentiating work. Occasionally, some schools may not wish to follow the recommendations but ultimately, it would be for the courts to decide!
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Some of the assessments are standardised up to the age of 84 years old. One gentleman was assessed in retirement and diagnosed with dyslexia. Let’s be fair, very few diagnostic assessments were undertaken in the past, similar to today, so there are many undiagnosed dyslexics out there.
Is it time for you to see if you are a member of this fabulous and unique group?
No, they are not able to do this as it is an educational difficulty and not a medical condition.
In fact, we have many GPs who refer clients to us. However, a referral is not necessary. Have a look at our website and get in touch.