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The Rose Report defines dyslexia as:

A learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.

Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and processing speed.

Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.

It is best thought of as a continuum not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points. 

Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia.

(2009 Sir Jim Rose Report on ‘Identifying and Teaching Children and Young  People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties’ – quoted by the British Dyslexia  Association).

What is a dyslexia assessment

Formal identification of dyslexia is gained through an assessment.  Should a diagnosis be made, it will support the individual, educational setting, or workplace to understand any difficulties and identify recommendations on how to support these areas. 

Full diagnostic assessments take approximately 3 hours and are usually carried out at our setting (alternative arrangements can be discussed).  Prior to the assessment, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire and where applicable, additional questionnaires may require completion by educational settings.  

On the day of assessment, the assessee will initially be put at ease. Once the assessee is ready to begin, they will take part in a number of short assessments relating to their underlying ability, reading, writing, spelling, memory and processing.  All assessment tests used are standardised and follow the strict guidance of the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).   

As an assessor with a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC), assessment reports may be used as evidence for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) when applying to University. 

Full diagnostic dyslexia assessments (including report) £550

Combined dyscalculia and dyslexia assessments £750

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