Dyslexia is one of many difficulties which fall under the umbrella of Specific Learning Difficulties (SLDs).
Dyslexia can show itself in many different ways. It may show as a difficulty with reading, spelling and or writing; it can also be a difficulty with being able to blend word sounds, known as ‘phonological awareness’. It can be affected by memory for words and sounds and can affect someone’s ability to process information accurately and quickly.
If you, or your child, has difficulties with several of the following they may have Dyslexia; in which case an assessment would be helpful:
-Reversal of letters or numbers when writing
-Reversing sounds within a word
-Difficulty decoding (breaking down) and sounding out letters to make words
-Poor memory for sounds
-Difficulty sequencing (putting things in the correct order – alphabetical, numerical etc.)
-Difficulties recalling rhymes and songs
-Has problems remembering instructions
-Slow to read, especially out loud
-Left and right confusion
Do others in the family have similar problems?
There are many more signs but if you feel that you or your child have problems with some of the above then an assessment is required.
What is an assessment for Dyslexia?
Our Psychologist will conduct a Cognitive and Learning profile, using some of the following tests:
-Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
-Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WIAS)
-British Abilities Scale (BAS)
-Weschler Individual Attainment Test (WIAT)
-Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT)
-Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE2)
-Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP)
We will then write a report which offers suggestions to help the individual manage.