Dyslexia assessment for children 5 to 10 years old
Speaking to school teachers about dyslexia can be very stressful. They can use educational words, making it difficult to know how to help your child. The teacher may say the child has to have a formal dyslexia assessment. A formal dyslexia diagnosis, before they will support them at school.
The tests are not done by the school and they are expensive. So it can all be, so confusing. A thousand questions run through your mind. What is the Test? Should we get the test? Will it help?!!! To help answer your questions, below is my "Formal Assessment" card.
Formal Assessment Card
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To learn more about organising a formal dyslexia assessment for your child. Contact dyslexia associations in your county. In the U.K contact, "The British Dyslexia Association".
Formal Dyslexia Assessments
What is a Formal Dyslexia Assessment? It is test to assess if a child or adult has dyslexia. If they do, they will get a formal dyslexia diagnosis.
Who can do the Dyslexia Assessment? It can only be done by a trained professional, such as an Education Psychologist.
How much does a dyslexia assessment cost? It is expensive and can cost on average £500+.
How does a dyslexia assessment help a child? A formal dyslexia diagnosis means the child is legally entitled to extra help. Funding for equipment is available, depending on their age and country of residents.
Do they need a formal diagnosis? Remember if a child is struggling in class, they should be given extra support. Given the help they need to catch-up, even without a formal dyslexia diagnosis.
Is the test worth it? If the child is already getting extra help at school, they may not need the test. Having a formal dyslexia assessment won't help the child learn. It still needs teachers to help them and put in the right dyslexia support.
What dyslexia help can they get? If the child does have dyslexia, the test will suggest things the teachers can do to help them. This is called making "Reasonable Adjustments".
What can the child get funding for? Funding is available for equipment to help with dyslexia, such a computers and books. This is usually only available at college or university, not at school in the U.K.
Does the child get a EHCP after this assessment? The child is not automatically given a "Educational Health Care Plan". Getting this plan is a long process, organised by your local educational authority.