What is the youngest age you could assess my child?
I am happy to assess a child who has reached their 6th birthday but no younger. It is not always possible to give a definite diagnosis at that age because there may be a developmental delay. However, an assessment is very helpful in establishing a child’s educational needs and helping to direct any support.
Is there a waiting list?
I can usually make an appointment within a month, sometimes less.
How long will it take before I get the report?
The report will be sent within a maximum of two weeks, sometimes much sooner.
What tests do you use?
For children – the WISC IV UK to tell us more about their ability level and their pattern of strengths and weaknesses, both verbal and non-verbal.
The WIAT –II UK is used to look at their attainments in literacy and numeracy and to throw more light on their language skills too. I also use a variety of phonological skills assessments which are very important in the diagnosis of dyslexia.
For adults – the WAIS IV UK to tell us more about their ability level and their pattern of strengths and weaknesses, both verbal and non-verbal.
The WIAT –II UK or WRAT 4 is used to look at attainments in literacy and numeracy. An assessment of phonological skills is also used.
These provide the framework for any assessment but sometimes other tool kits will be used depending on the difficulty that presents.
Do you do assessments for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)?
Yes my assessments and reports can be used if a student is applying for a grant for university. The assessments are conducted and the report written in accordance with SPLD Working Group 2005/DfES Guidelines for Assessment of SpLDs in Higher Education.
What happens if I’ve already had a full dyslexia assessment but I need to have an update for exams?
As long as you have had a previous assessment during or after Year 6, together with a report that is valid, I am happy to carry out a shorter update assessment at reduced cost. This will give your eligibility for access arrangements in exams (special arrangements).