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How can a diagnostic assessment benefit your child?

Not knowing how to support your child if they are struggling with their learning can be a worrying time. If you or your child’s teacher suspect that they may be dyslexic, the next step might be to have a formal assessment.

Why have a dyslexia assessment?

There are numerous benefits of having a dyslexia diagnosis.

  • Firstly, it will give you a clear picture of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Whether or not dyslexia is diagnosed, it will help you and their school understand how to help them effectively.
  • The report can provide you with clarity and confidence to play a positive and more proactive role in your child’s experience of school and education.
  • The findings and recommendations enable those involved in your child’s education now and in the future to make informed choices regarding teaching methods and techniques to best benefit your child.  Should you want to involve a specialist tutor, the assessment report can be a guide for planning effective interventions tailored to your child’s needs.
  • If a diagnostic report identifies a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD), your child will be legally protected under the 2015 SEND Code of Practice: 0-25. This means that your child’s school and future educational establishments will be required to make reasonable adjustments (ie. appropriate to their resources) to support their specific needs.
  • When it comes to exams, exam access arrangements, including extra time, can be awarded to children with a recognised SpLD.
  • A learner in who holds an accredited diagnostic report, and are in or applying for higher education, will be able to apply for support from the Government via the Disabled Support Allowance (DSA). This support includes access to subsidised equipment, training and mentoring.
  • It can have an incredibly positive effect on a child’s self-awareness and can help them to understand why they feel different in school.  This insight can reduce their frustration and anxiety and help them to move forward practically too – it has been described as “the first step towards being an independent learner”.

Choosing the best option for your child

Some children’s needs are complex and different types of assessment may be appropriate. Call me if you’d like to discuss what would best suit your situation.

The British Dyslexia Association also provides impartial information to help you decide if an assessment is right for you and your child.

It is important to always understand that dyslexia is a positive learning difference. 

When identified and given the appropriate support dyslexic children and adults can come to realise that their dyslexia gives them a genuine advantage in the modern world.

How assessments work

Activities and costs

Activity Cost

Preparation

Each child is unique – so to provide the truest possible picture I tailor assessments to their individual needs. In preparation I will:

  • Gather information about the child’s profile from parents and educators, so that I can choose the tests that are most appropriate.
  • Meet the child, to address any anxieties and questions they might have so that they feel relaxed during the assessment.

Assessment

An assessment lasts around three hours. It can take place at my home, or in school.

I only carry out a few dyslexia assessments each month so that I can provide a unique, personalised and child focused service.

Report

I’ll share a detailed report describing my findings which I can discuss with you in person or over the phone.

The report has recommendations for the school, you as a parent and sometimes suggestions for the child themselves.  These are based on evidence of the child strengths and difficulties and are set out to best meet the child’s educational needs.

Ongoing support

After you have received the report, I am accessible by phone or email for any questions, concerns or support.

£350
VAT is not applicable so the costs shown represent the total amount you would pay.

I ask for a 20% payment to secure your booking.

If you are worried about costs please call me for a chat.

Author: Zoë Brown

I am a dyslexia specialist, qualified in assessing dyslexia and literacy related difficulties as well as tutoring dyslexic children and those who need additional literacy support. Having been diagnosed as dyslexic at an early age, I have a personal understanding of both the challenges and advantages that dyslexia brings. I feel strongly that when given the right support and positive encouragement, dyslexic people of all ages can excel in confidence and academic attainment.

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