Full Diagnostic Assessment

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Full Diagnostic Assessment

Assessment is often the first step in understanding the barriers that are impacting on progress and ultimately in providing greater insight into the individual’s strengths as well as their challenges.

Full diagnostic assessments focus on obtaining a detailed understanding of the individual and this enables the assessor to explore positive ways forward in the form of recommendations.

Full diagnostic assessments lead to a definitive diagnosis of the learning difficulty if there is one. If there isn’t a specific learning difficulty identified, the report will still provide valuable information on weaker areas of cognition that might be contributing to the difficulties experienced and a full list of recommendations to help will be provided.

All of our assessments are followed up by practical advice and bespoke recommendations all of which are provided within the written report.

What is a diagnostic assessment?

This is the most comprehensive kind of assessment, focusing on dyslexia and the other specific learning difficulties which often co-occur with dyslexia.

It is called a diagnostic assessment because it aims to identify – or diagnose – what is at the root of the difficulties that are causing concern.

This type of assessment usually takes between two and three hours. The written report provides the results of the main findings and recommendations for resources, strategies and assistive software to help.

Diagnostic assessments are a requirement in certain circumstances, for example for those wishing to claim the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for University (The assessment must be administered by an appropriately qualified assessor holding an up to date practising certificate).

At what age can someone have a diagnostic assessment?

Diagnostic assessments can be administered to individuals as young as 7 through to adults.  For younger children, the findings will be less conclusive. In these instances, it might be better to have another kind of assessment, followed by a programme of bespoke targeted support.

What kinds of diagnostic assessment are there?

1.  Specialist Assessor Diagnostic Assessment

This assessment is carried out by a fully qualified specialist assessor holding an Assessor’s Practising Certificate (APC).  Depending on the age and the concerns raised, the assessment will focus on dyslexia. Guidance and advice can also be given where background information suggests signs of other specific learning difficulties such as dyscalculia, dyspraxia, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The report will include appropriate support recommendations for all of the specific learning difficulties identified.

2.  Consulting Psychologist Assessment

This diagnostic assessment is carried out by a Chartered Consulting Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society. The assessments will focus on diagnosing dyslexia and may also identify signs of other specific learning difficulties such as autistic spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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