Dyslexia screening and assessment
Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) that can affect study activities including reading and writing. If you experience any of the following difficulties and would like to attend a dyslexia screening please contact us for advice and guidance.
- Confusion of visually similar words.
- Finding it hard to sound out unfamiliar words, particularly those which are complex.
- Slow reading / writing speed.
- Needing to reread texts to draw meaning.
- Erratic spelling (including difficulties sounding out words).
- Finding it difficult to organise information and ideas in writing.
- Finding it hard to listen and maintain attention / focus.
- Finding it hard to concentrate when there are distractions.
- Finding it hard to remember sequences of instructions.
- Having difficulty with personal organisation, time management and prioritising tasks.
Step 1: Initial enquiry
If you wish to have dyslexia screening please contact us on +44 (0)20 7320 2848 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your enquiry will be answered within five working days.
If you have already completed a full Diagnostic Dyslexia Assessment please send this to us via email in the form of an attachment, or bring it to the DDS Office at Holloway Road.
Step 2: Complete your dyslexia screening
After contacting us to request a dyslexia screening you will be sent log in details for a Quick Screen Dyslexia Test, and a separate email with further guidance.
The online dyslexia screening will take approximately one hour to complete. Before completing the screening you should ensure that you are in a suitable environment (a quiet place free from distractions with good internet access).
After you have completed the Quick Screen Dyslexia Test results will be calculated and a probability rating established. We will inform you of your result and any next steps within one working week.
Note: A dyslexia screening does not provide a diagnosis. A full Diagnostic Assessment is required for diagnosis.
Step 3: Preparing for a full Diagnostic Assessment
If the results of your dyslexia screening indicate that it is appropriate for you to attend a full Diagnostic Assessment the DDS will refer you to an external Diagnostician.
You will be asked to contribute £50 towards the full cost of the Diagnostic Assessment - £300. You will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire to help inform the diagnostic process.
When both tasks are completed you will receive a confirmation email and be added to the waiting list for an assessment
Note: If the results of the dyslexia screening indicate a low probability you will not be referred to attend a full Diagnostic Assessment. However, if you would still like to attend a full Diagnostic Assessment you may wish to book one independently. Please be aware that you will need to meet the full cost of an independently arranged assessment, the DDS will not provide full or partial reimbursement.
Step 4: Booking your Full Diagnostic Assessment
You will be contacted and offered an appoint with an external Diagnostician as soon as one becomes available. Once an appointment is confirmed with you, you will receive an email with guidance, including the date and time of your Diagnostic Assessment with the address you should attend.
Step 5: Attending your full Diagnostic Assessment
Please ensure that you arrive fifteen minutes before your appointment time. You should also bring a drink of water and stationary (e.g. pen). Please allow three hours to complete your Diagnostic Assessment.
If you are unable to attend the appointment you must inform DDS and your Diagnostician at least twenty four hours in advance. Please be aware that if you fail to attend your external Diagnostic Assessment without adequate notice you may be liable for the full assessment fee - £300.
Step 6: After your Diagnostic Assessment
The external Diagnostician will send a copy of your completed Diagnostic Assessment Report within five working days. The DDS will subsequently contact you to inform you of the next steps.
If the Diagnostic Assessment has confirmed a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia, you will be invited to attend an appointment with a DDS Advisor to discuss support.