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Dyslexia Assessments

A Clear Path with a Dyslexia Assessment

We are living in a world where Dyslexia is openly being talked about, with campaigns to remove the old-fashioned definition of dyslexia, replaced with the ‘can do’ approach for everyone. The learning disability affects 1 in 10 people, and of these, 4% are severely affected by Dyslexia.

Many celebrity stories are surfacing with them sharing stories of struggles in school, late diagnoses, and memorising instead of reading. Some were diagnosed in their 20’s, after years of feeling set apart from others, unable to read or study properly, often leading to behavioural issues.

Know the signs

Many people don’t realise they have dyslexia. 

We are lucky to live in an informative culture where the signs are recognised among school professionals and parents alike. A quick search can show us the symptoms to look out for. 

The indicators can be seen as early as in preschool children, but it’s really when the child starts school and begins to learn numeracy and literacy that they become more apparent.

See our blog What is Dyslexia? – Dyslexia First (dyslexia-first.co.uk)

As a child enters higher education, signs include struggling with foreign languages or trouble finding the right words to communicate ideas, and as adults, difficulty focussing on tasks in the workplace. 

Opening doors to opportunity

A full diagnostic dyslexia assessment is the first step to ensuring that a dyslexic individual receives the correct specialist support they need to reach their full potential.

This specialist report could be a life-changing experience. 

In most cases, children and parents have reported how a diagnosis changed how they felt about themselves, around others and in education or work. 

Nationally recognised diagnosis

The dyslexia assessment looks at a range of tests including visual and verbal ability, areas of cognitive processing and literacy skills. 

All dyslexic diagnostic assessments are validated and approved by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). The assessment reports are recognised nationally, and clearly state the diagnosis and recommendations for moving forwards in school or in the workplace. 

What does the report give? 

The report is a powerful document that will help you, or your child do better in life. It’s tailored to the needs of the individual, providing a comprehensive, jargon free statement with detailed recommendations. 

For children, extra support can be introduced, such as in IT and class support that particularly focuses around key word lists and spelling tests. 

And as they get older, additional time may be provided for exams, and special provisions put in place.

University students will be able to use the report to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which could provide new equipment and technology that’ll help the individual reach their full potential as a student. 

And for adults, their workplace will be able to provide reasonable adjustments, such as reducing distractions for focused tasks, private workspace and information software that allows the individual to talk to a computer. 

Positivity

An assessment and the subsequent support will have a positive impact on your child’s future. 

 

Through having a clear direction, parents are able to adjust their learning and communication styles to fit the child, and encourage learning patterns that fit. 

 

Make that first step

 

If this article resonates with you or sounds like your child, visit our website for further information and get in touch. A dyslexia diagnosis is life-enhancing. It can turn the negative aspects of normal life into positive experiences that shine a light on the individual. 

 

Having a full diagnostic dyslexia assessment is the first step to ensuring that the dyslexic individual receives the correct specialist support, strategies and interventions that they need to succeed and to make progress.

 

About Dyslexia First

Dyslexia First provides first-class dyslexia assessments for children and adults across the North West. 

Owner Michala Morton has worked in the field of Special Needs for over 20 years, across a wide range of educational settings, and works closely with The British Dyslexia Association and The Dyslexia Association assessing children and adults. 

Based in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, Dyslexia First is conveniently accessible by train, linking to Central Liverpool, Manchester and cities within an hour’s commute. 

By helping you to get the right support, a world of possibilities will open, that might not have seemed accessible before. 

Contact us to discuss your assessment needs at michala@dyslexia-first.co.uk or call 07711 904 589.