Dyslexia Assessments for children

What is a children’s diagnostic dyslexia assessment?

A full diagnostic dyslexia assessment is required to confirm the presence of dyslexia in a child aged 7 to 15 years.

Having a full diagnostic dyslexia assessment is the first step to ensuring that the child with dyslexia receives the correct specialist support, strategies and interventions that they need to succeed and to make progress. It also helps the child with dyslexia to have a clearer understanding of how they learn best, which promotes self-confidence.

The full dyslexia assessment usually takes between 2 - 3 hours to complete. It consists of a series of tests to measure current levels of reading, reading speed, spelling and free writing, phonological memory, phonological awareness, speed of processing, visual processing speed and short-term working memory. The assessment also assesses visual and verbal ability. Any observations regarding learning style and problem-solving skills are also noted.

A thorough, detailed written report will be emailed to you. You will have confirmation of the diagnosis with supporting evidence. Areas of strengths and weaknesses, along with the impact in an educational setting will be fully explained.

Recommendations for home and school support will be clearly stated. If relevant, recommendations for exam concessions, such as extra time, a reader or scribe, will also form part of the report.

Please note that any recommendations made for Exams Access Arrangements by the assessor are subject to JCQ requirements. Please see our section on Exams Access Arrangements.

The dyslexia assessment may highlight signs of other specific learning difficulties, such as ADHD and Dyspraxia. These will be discussed in the report, with recommendations for further action.

How much is a child's diagnostic dyslexia assessment?

A full diagnostic dyslexia assessment for a child is £330 if it takes place at our office or £355 if it takes place elsewhere.

Which locations are covered?

Dys-appear are able to provide diagnostic assessments for children in the geographical location of the North West encompassing:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire
  • Liverpool
  • Wigan
  • Warrington