Dyslexia Assessments

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

Full diagnostic assessments

Most parents who contact me to ask about assessment have had a nagging  suspicion their child has 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 the parents I work with thinking that maybe they are over-reacting or being over-protective and this can make them feel reluctant to reach out. I diagnose 9 out of 10 children who come to see me for assessment. No, I’m not willy nilly with handing out labels! Quite the opposite. But if your 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 seeking help. There is no such thing as a “late bloomer”. Children whose help is delayed simply fall further behind their peers. Assessment is a great way to get started in supporting your struggling child and is available for children aged 6-16 years.

Should I get my child assessed for dyslexia?

A full diagnostic assessment can provide a label of dyslexia, dysgraphia and/or dyscalculia if one fits. But more importantly, it gives a comprehensive view of your child’s learning profile – their strengths as well as their weaknesses, and this can be used to laser target intervention plans whether or not they get a label. A full diagnostic assessment measures underlying ability, processing speed, working memory, phonological awareness (sound awareness) and attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths. Recommendations are provided for the specialist teacher, school and parents outlining clear steps to take to support the child after the assessment. Once you have had some time to read the report you are invited back for a 30-minute follow up meeting where we can further discuss your child’s report and any challenges you have in implementing the recommendations. This is the part most of the parents I work with value the most and not all assessors offer it included in the price.

What is the benefit of getting a dyslexia assessment?

The most common comment parents make post assessment is “I feel like I understand my child so much better now and I can be more patient when supporting him/her because now I understand where the struggle is coming from.” Assessment allows for the parent and those working with the child to improve their knowledge of specific learning difficulties that child experiences. It also provides a list of recommendations to best support the child. Therefore assessment is not a means to an end, but rather a road map of what to do from that point on. Providing a label is only one, small part of the process. Assessment is a worthwhile investment whether or not your child is identified with a specific learning difficulty because it will help you to; understand your child better, support your child more effectively and advocate for your child at school.

What happens after the assessment?

Once the assessment process is completed, you will need to implement the recommendations. This will likely involve collaborating with your child’s teacher or school, providing your child with technology or software and/or seeking specialist help. Throughout this process, you are welcome to call or email to ask further questions as needed. The critical thing is to get the recommendations implemented so that positive changes can be made for your child and family and I am happy to be there to support you through that process. No need for overwhelm!

What is the assessment process?

  1. The first step is to call to discuss your concerns. This is obligation free and some advice may be offered on your initial consult. Please do not hesitate to call if you are worried, even if you are not sure if it’s unjustified. I am yet to meet a parent who was concerned unnecessarily.
  2. You will complete a background history questionnaire of your child’s developmental history.
  3. Your child will complete a 1.5 to 2 hour assessment session. No information will be offered at this appointment as it is best practice not to speak in front of the child and the results will not have been analysed properly at this stage.
  4. You will be issued a report of approximately 22 pages within two weeks of the assessment date.
  5. You will be invited to book your follow up meeting when you have had time to formulate questions and try implementing some of the recommendations.
  6. Ongoing email and phone support is available throughout your journey.

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. Full diagnostic assessment costs $850.

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