British Dyslexia Association
Dyslexia is a learning disorder and can be best treated if the dyslexia testing is done as soon as the person exhibits signs of this problem. Dyslexia primarily comprises of two levels of tests depending upon the degree of the symptoms exhibited by the affected individual. Dyslexia testing is nothing to get sacred about and it is done in two stages; the initial screening test and later on, the more comprehensive test, only if the signs are high enough to warranty it.
The initial screening dyslexia testing
This is the first level of dyslexia testing and it is broad-based and non-specific. The main aim of the screening test is to identify any tell-tale symptoms of dyslexia and to rule out non-dyslexics from the probable ones so that the latter can be recommended for further tests. The screening dyslexia testing is done on a large number of people and is rapid and simple. It is generally in the form of a questionnaire consisting of about 20-30 questions and asking about any known dyslexia symptoms. For example, one of the questions may be ‘do you have problems in writing down phone numbers or any other numbers given to you verbally?’
One type of dyslexia testing involves computer games which have been specially developed to test the skill of the player in playing the game and is designed for different age groups. Another type of dyslexia testing is done by educators which involve just observing whether the child’s reading skills matches that of his age group and level of intelligence. A bright, intelligent child who consistently underperforms in only reading is considered to be a candidate for further dyslexia testing.
The full spectrum of dyslexia testing
Although this type of dyslexia testing may sound intimidating it is not so; it is simply more focused and addresses specific dyslexia related problems. The candidate is given tasks or exercises to be finished within a particular time frame and each task is designed to address a specific dyslexia symptom. The candidate is graded on his relative skills to easily and rapidly complete the tasks given within the time period.
To test the degree of the problem, candidates may be asked to transpose syllables, characters or to translate between images and sounds and sounds to texts etc. The full dyslexia testing is done on a one-on-one basis by skilled professionals in the field and response times being very crucial, these are measured very carefully to get accurate readings.
This test determines whether a person is dyslexic or not, what are the specific signs and the degree of those symptoms and based on the results, will be recommended therapy and specific learning courses. The full dyslexia testing is used only as a starting point by educators and therapists to help the individual overcome his difficulties.
In conclusion, it can be said that dyslexia testing whether screening or full is imperative to identify and measure the degree of problems so that the subject can be given all possible support to overcome his difficulties.