Testing For Dyslexia


Testing for dyslexia takes place in different phases.

First, a short questionnaire may be given before the screening test is administered. These are questions which are basically a checklist of dyslexia signs, to find out if the person is displaying these signs or not.

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If this phase of the testing for dyslexia reveals that enough signs are present to indicate dyslexia, a phone consultation may take place next with a psychologist or an educator specializing in dyslexia. More questions will be asked by them to find out if a preliminary screening is required or the symptoms displayed by the learner might be outgrown in time. Often, especially if younger children are involved, the instruction is to delay testing for dyslexia and observe how the child develops.

Screening test for dyslexia

The next testing for dyslexia is a screening test to determine if problems really exist and if dyslexia is the possible cause for them. This phase of testing for dyslexia is very general and these can be used for the diagnosis of other learning disorders such as ADD or ADHD.

These tests can be in different forms and they may be administered in school, in a consultant’s office or online. They can also be done at home on the computer or they may be written down. However, it is better to be wary of online testing for dyslexia if they are not endorsed professionally, since they may be inaccurate and cost money.

The screening tests can consist of questions relating to dyslexia symptoms or they can be in the form of computer games which challenge the areas in the which the dyslexic person struggles. Both forms of screening are acceptable. The computer games may not appeal to adults and teens, while even children without dyslexia might not do well in the written tests. Some of the tests are tailored for particular age groups, while some tests come in different versions for the different age groups.

A screening test for dyslexia is a highly useful tool which saves a lot of time and frustration which helps in determining if someone who is struggling to learn indeed does have dyslexia. Whether the person is an adult or a child, such testing for dyslexia is the first step towards chalking out a suitable learning program for them.

If the screening tests indicate towards further testing for dyslexia, then a comprehensive test is the next step. A comprehensive test determines the level of disability and shows the best way in which the dyslexic person can be helped. However, the comprehensive can be time consuming, costly and laborious for the test giver, the test taker and the parent or guardian of the dyslexic person. So they should be administered only if it is so indicated by the simpler screening testing for dyslexia.

Comprehensive testing for dyslexia

For comprehensive testing for dyslexia, a psychologist may see the student in school if it is recommended by the principal and the parents are agreeable to it. However, many parents who are dissatisfied with this process, prefer to have their wards assessed by a psychologist privately. Although expensive, this is a more direct approach.

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