Dyslexia Assessments

Our assessment process fosters self-awareness and self-acceptance, and provides a range of strategies to help overcome the challenges of dyslexia.

Dyslexia assessment and action plan package

Transforming the lives of children and families experiencing the challenges of specific learning difficulties.

No referral needed. 

Most parents who contact me to ask about assessment have had a nagging suspicion their child might have dyslexia for a while but they haven’t acted on it because well meaning relatives or teachers often try to comfort them with advice like “He’ll come round” or “They all get there in their own time, just be patient.” This leaves parents thinking they might be over-reacting and can make them feel reluctant to reach out for expert advice. I diagnose 9 out of 10 children who come to see me for assessment. If your gut instinct tells you something is wrong, chances are, there is! You’ve probably read checklists, done online quizzes, talked to other parents whose kids are dyslexic and thought “That sounds just like my child!” Don’t hesitate to seek help. There is no such thing as a “late bloomer”. Children whose help is delayed simply fall further behind their peers. The good news is, so much can be done to support your child and improve your family life. Assessment is a great way to get started in supporting your struggling child and is available for children aged 6-16 years.

What are the benefits of a dyslexia assessment?

Investing in a dyslexia assessment can seem like a daunting prospect. After all, they’re not cheap! A lot of parents worry about whether their child will “get the label” thinking this is the primary benefit of a dyslexia assessment. But there are so many benefits of getting a dyslexia assessment, the label being the least of them. The main benefit the parents I’ve worked with say is finally understanding the child. Really knowing how their brain works and what will and won’t work for them. They say this knowledge empowered them to have so much more patience for their child, to know when to push and when to back off and to know what to advocate for in school. The real benefit of a dyslexia assessment is getting to know your child so much better so that you can help them so much better.

Below is a summary of just some of the benefits of a dyslexia assessment:

  • Understand your child’s unique learning profile which enables you to approach them with patience and knowledge when supporting them with things like homework, getting organised, and communicating.
  • Knowledge – you will learn a lot in a short space of time.
  • Empowerment – your newfound knowledge will empower you to support and advocate for your child with confidence.
  • A clear action plan for what to do to support and advocate for your child.
  • Understand how to communicate with your child more effectively and with less frustration.
  • Know how to help your child with homework without the tears and tantrums.
  • Improve your relationship with your child so you can just be ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ and not ‘the big meanie’.
  • Advocate for your child with confidence so that they can get the best possible support at school.
  • Save $$$ that you would have wasted using ineffective programs and approaches – there is so much snake oil out there!
  • Most importantly – SAVE TIME. The best time to intervene for a child with learning difficulties is age 4. The second best time is RIGHT NOW. Not at the end of the year after you’ve ‘waited to see’ how they do with a new teacher, not at the beginning of next year because they are going to get a new teacher anyway, but right now. Having an assessment with a qualified and experienced professional like Sarah will make sure you do the right things in the right order at the right time, making intervention as effective and efficient as possible. Does your child really have any more years to waste?

 

What happens after the assessment?

Unlike most assessment centers, we don’t just hand you a dyslexia assessment report and wish you well. A dyslexia assessment report is just the first step in long-term process. Once the assessment process is completed, you will need to implement the recommendations which can be a tricky process for a parent to navigate. Included in the dyslexia assessment package is a 45 minute, individual meeting with Sarah, where she will discuss the report and answer any questions you may have. You are then invited to free, lifetime access to a supportive, closed Facebook community reserved only for parents who have gone through the assessment process. Here you will here you can continue to ask questions as you collaborate and advocate for your child at school and work toward adjusting their intervention program to make sure you’re using the most effective and efficient plan to support your child as he or she grows and develops after the assessment. It is critical to implement recommendations so that your child and your family can enjoy the full benefit of the investment you made and I will be there to support you through that process. No need for overwhelm!

What is the assessment process?

  1. Call to book an initial 30-minute consult call with Sarah. Sarah will ask lots of questions to find out more about your child and your journey so far then decide whether this package is the best fit for you.
  2. You assessment session time will be scheduled within two weeks of the consult call.
  3. You will complete a background history questionnaire of your child’s developmental history and bring this to the assessment session.
  4. Your child will complete a 1.5 to 2 hour assessment session with Sarah.
  5. You will be issued a dyslexia assessment report pages within two weeks of the assessment session date.
  6. You will be invited to book your parent support, training and advice meeting within two weeks of the dyslexia assessment report being issued.
  7. Lifetime support through our parent community portal as you navigate the best pathway for your family.

Is Sarah qualified to conduct dyslexia assessments?

Absolutely! Sarah has a Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners for Specific Learning Difficulties (Level 7) from Oxford, Cambridge and RSA which she completed in 2015. This qualification enables her to be a rare breed – an experienced specialist teacher (10 years!) who is fully qualified and licensed to assess and diagnose kids for specific learning difficulties in the same way psychologists do. She has an Assessment Practicing Certificate from PATOSS UK. To maintain this Certificate, Sarah must complete 20 hours of SASC approved training per year and go through a stringent certificate renewal process every 3 years to ensure she is keeping up with research and best assessment and reporting practices. Sarah’s 7 years of teaching experience in a private school for children with dyslexia enables her to make specific, leveled and laser targeted recommendations appropriate for each child and their unique strengths and gaps at the time of assessment. Sarah’s recommendations set her assessments apart from those who have not worked directly with kids experiencing the challenges of specific learning difficulties. She really knows her stuff!

 

What does the dyslexia assessment and action plan package include?

  • 30-minute support and consult call to discuss your child’s and families needs and journey so far
  • 1.5 – 2 hour assessment session with your child
  • A detailed report including specific and detailed recommendations for you, the parent, specialist tutors working with your child and the school
  • 45 minute parent education and support follow up meeting
  • 1 hour in-school or online training offer for your child’s teachers and learning support team geared toward supporting your child in school
  • Lifetime access to our parent support group for ongoing support, education and advice

Dyslexia Screener

The dyslexia screener assesses processing speed, working memory, phonological awareness, single word reading and single word spelling and provides a list of recommendations for parents to implement. It does not provide a diagnosis however, it can be a good indicator as to whether dyslexia is present. This option may suit families with budget constraints. Six months of targeted intervention is required to formally identify specific learning difficulties, therefore many of my clients choose to do the dyslexia screener first, implement the recommendations for six months, and then return to have a full diagnostic completed. Please call to discuss which option is best for you.

No referral is needed. Current wait times are less than 2 weeks and you will be provided with a report within 2 weeks of the assessment date. Dyslexia Screener costs $450.

Still not sure if assessment is right for you?

Take our dyslexia quiz and we will email you to let you know whether assessment would be worthwhile.

What is the process for a full diagnostic assessment? heading_arrow

  1. A background questionnaire is completed by the parent which flags up risk factors related to the various specific learning difficulties and guides the assessment process.

  1. An assessment session lasting approximately 2 hours is conducted.
  2. The tests are scored and a full diagnostic report is produced, including recommendations for parents, teachers, and tutors or special needs teachers providing extra support one to one. This is completed within 2 weeks of the assessment session

  1. A face to face feedback session is arranged. The report is explained and any questions may be asked. Many parents find this the most helpful part of the process and many assessment providers do not offer this service
  2. Follow up action is critical and requires parents to seek out the resources and approaches listed in order to best support the child. Ongoing support is available to teachers and parents as they implement the assessment recommendations.

I’m not sure whether to go ahead with the assessment:

Most parents and children are relieved to have answers after an assessment. Many found they could finally understand they were not ‘thick’ or ‘slow’, but like everyone else, had their own, individual set of strengths and needs. Cognitive profiling empowers the student to approach learning in a way more suited to their own needs. The recommendations made in the report can improve the educational provision the child receives by raising awareness and understanding. Assessment is a worthwhile investment.

Wait times are less than 4 weeks and you will be provided with a report within 2 weeks of the assessment date.

Call Sarah on 0438901782

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email at sarah@inspirededucationservices.com.au to