Dyslexia Assessment

SUSAN CAMPBELL  MA BEd PGDip(Dyslexia) AMBDA PATOSS

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Educational Consultant                                   6 Hampton Court Ave    Phone: 0208 398 5900     

                                                                       East Molesey                  Web: dyslexia-assess.com

                                                                       Surrey KT8 0BQ             Email: susancampbell_@hotmail.com



EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT


       


          CHILDREN  5-18             UNIVERSITY             ADULTS



PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
considers:


Intellectual abilities, verbal and visual cognitive reasoning skills

Attainment in reading, spelling, writing, number and language development skills
Auditory and visual working memory, and speed of processing information skills

DIAGNOSTIC - identifying dyslexia, a specific learning difficulty.

SCHOOL / COLLEGE - Examination Access Arrangements

UNIVERSITY - Assessment for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance)


 DYSLEXIA



Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that makes it more difficult for the dyslexic learner to acquire reading, spelling, writing, and sometimes numeracy and organisational skills.

It has a neurological basis and is characterised by delays in literacy development that are often unexpected in relation to age and other cognitive and academic abilities, and have been resistant to appropriate educational opportunities.

Underlying factors include weaknesses in working memory, difficulties with phonological processing (mapping sound patterns onto letters) and speed of processing information, which create barriers to learning.  Dyslexia is a condition that can affect people of all ages and abilities.

Characteristics commonly associated with dyslexia:                                          

        Unexplained difficulties with literacy


        Standard of reading and writing falls below that expected for ability  

    

        Difficulty remembering instructions, lists, telephone numbers


        Inconsistent spelling - spell the same word in a variety of ways


        Able to answer questions orally but unable to write them down


        Difficulty organising written work – stories, essays, reports


        Difficulty telling right from left or reading maps                           

              

        Disorganised - lose possessions, forget appointments


        Lack confidence in own abilities – poor self esteem and motivation