12 Nov Choosing someone to assess your child for Dyslexia
If you’ve been concerned about your child’s reading or school achievement, you’ve probably spent nights and weekends trolling the internet, trying to make sense of the wealth of information that’s out there looking for the right help. Your gut has probably been telling you something is not quite right with your child’s school success, and now you think it’s time to investigate further. If you’re like most of the parents I work with, all you’ve managed is getting into a complete muddle, and now you’re feeling even more overwhelmed and confused!
If you can relate, my FREE 10 essential questions to ask when booking a dyslexia assessment guide will help you make a well-informed decision when choosing someone to assess your child for Dyslexia. There are so many services on offer for assessment of dyslexia. As a parent, it can feel like a minefield trying to find the best option for your child. There are lots of people willing to take your money, but how can you be sure they will do a great job? This can be especially worrying when you are handing over so much money, and you may need more than one professional to assess your child before you gain a full understanding. Download my FREE assessment guide so you can be sure you ask all the right questions before booking an assessment.
The single most detrimental thing parents are told by well-meaning relatives and professionals (including teachers) is to ‘wait and see’, or that the child will ‘come around’ in their own time. Please DO NOT accept this advice! There is no such thing as a late bloomer – children who start school behind are most likely to continue falling further behind without targeted intervention.
If you suspect there is a problem, there probably is.
So don’t delay seeking help – no matter who is telling you to ‘give it time’!
The first step is to get your child properly assessed so you know what his or her specific issues are. Then you can choose the right course of intervention for your child. Who can identify the presence of dyslexia?
Only professionals with training in using psychometric tests can assess for dyslexia. Most often, a psychologist or trained specialist teacher will assess for dyslexia. Dyslexia can only be identified after reviewing the child’s background history, and by using a battery of standardised tests then comparing the results to diagnostic criteria (usually the DSM-V). Beware of people who have had a personal or professional experience with dyslexia who claim they can tell just by working with the child – they can’t! But they may flag up the possibility of dyslexia and recommend an assessment.
What does dyslexia assessment cost?
Dyslexia assessment will generally cost somewhere between $370 and $1400 – which seems a wide gap, I know! The cost generally depends on the level of testing, the qualifications of the person doing the assessment, and whether a written report is offered. Click here for more information on my FREE dyslexia assessment guide.
Do I need to get my child assessed for dyslexia?
Most children (and parents) are relieved to have answers after assessment. For kids with dyslexia, it is often comforting to know there is a reason for their struggles, and that it is not that they are ‘stupid’, as many kids with dyslexia often assume. Having the knowledge to clearly communicate with your child about their own, unique set of strengths and needs can help drive achievement with the right approach and emotional support. It can also help your child’s school understand exactly what sort of accommodations are needed to best support them.
Can we just go for intervention first?
You can for sure, but if you can afford it, I really recommend you seek assessment first. Why? Because there are a lot of really great, evidence-based programs that can help children with English and Maths skills, but the best way to choose the most effective one for your child is to fully understand their cognitive profile. Some programs focus almost entirely on sound awareness, others focus on sounds and language skills etc. Knowing exactly why your child is struggling can help you select programs and approaches that will produce the best possible progress in the shortest time, and can also help professionals working with your child laser target their efforts. This could save you money spent on purchasing programs and tuition in the long run. Assessments provide a wealth information about your child’s strengths and needs, which means approaches can be optimised to exploit their areas of strength while working on their areas of need. It really is a worthwhile investment.
Click here to secure your FREE dyslexia assessment guide, which contains all the questions you need to ask before handing over your hard earned cash.