Dyslexia Assessment

The aim of an assessment is not only to give a formal identification of dyslexia, but to also highlight strengths and relative areas of weakness and create a tailored teaching plan.

An assessment can take 2-3 hours, although for younger children this can be split into two sessions.  This will involve an interview, some reading and writing and problem-solving exercises. I make great effort to put the person at ease and make the experience positive. There are no 'rights or wrongs' in an assessment and the aim is to examine each person's learning profile to be able to identify ways forward.

All tests used are standardised as recommended by PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties).   My assessments follow strict guidelines outlined by The Department of Education and Skills.

Following the assessment the results are written in an Dyslexia Assessment Report.  I would give feedback and answer any questions face-to-face or over the phone.

School

An assessment at primary school age is helpful because it means that the recommendations for teachers can be passed on to the school. Intervention following the teaching plan can be arranged, whether in school, privately, or both.  This can make an enormous difference at such a pivotal age in learning to read and write.

An assessment at secondary school and 6th Form or college is advised because the report may give recommendations for exams, which could include extra time and the use of a computer. This can really help to achieve his / her full potential.

Higher Education

An assessment at university is useful for two reasons: firstly because the report will make recommendations to the university, such as for exams.  Secondly, because it means a student will qualify for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which provides funding towards equipment and support.  The assessment will need to be done after age sixteen.  However, if the assessment is pre-sixteen and follows current guidelines, a post-sixteen 'top-up' assessment will be accepted.

Dulwich Dyslexia : 37 Scutari Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 0NN

Areas I cover

  • East Dulwich, West Dulwich, Dulwich Village, Forest Hill 
  • Brixton, Herne Hill, West Norwood, South Norwood
  • Catford, Bromley, Lewisham
  • Nunhead, Hilly Fields, Peckham
  • Blackheath, Greenwich
  • SE22, SE23, SE21, SW2, SW4, Southwark, Lambeth