Assessment of dyslexia and associated learning difficulties
A diagnostic assessment will identify dyslexic difficulties as well as associated difficulties, such as dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder and visual stress.
The assessment will include the following components
- review of educational and occupational history;
- comprehensive assessment of cognitive abilities, e.g., verbal skills, memory;
- assessment and detailed analysis of literacy and phonological skills, including timed tests of reading comprehension and of writing;
- consideration of any emotional problems related to the dyslexic difficulties;
- an appraisal of strengths and coping strategies;
- general recommendations for further assessment, help and support.
The assessment report will be written in a clear, jargon-free style so that it can easily be understood by managers and clients in question.
Assessment for dyspraxia / attention deficit disorder / visual stress
As noted above, our assessments are designed to identify not only dyslexia, but also dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder and visual stress.
Dyspraxia is the term used to describe difficulties with spatial skills and physical co-ordination. Other commonly-found characteristics are poor organisational ability and weak social skills.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is often associated with dyspraxia. It is characterised by a short attention span, distractibility and impulsiveness. If physical restlessness is also present, it is referred to as ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Visual stress occurs when the brain suffers ‘visual overload’. People who suffer from visual stress find that print seems to ‘jump about’, patterns are stressful to look at, and white paper seems to ‘glare’.
Visual stress is often associated with binocular instability, which is a problem with the way in which the eyes are co-ordinated. People with binocular instability typically mis-read words and have difficulty in keeping their place on the page. They may develop headaches or eye-strain if they read for long periods.