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Needs to get ds1 (8) assessed for dyslexia - where to start?

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MellowMarshmallow Thu 31-Oct-13 20:02:03

Just that really. Have suspected for a long time. Lots of other emotional and behavioural problems that we are successfully working through, but its time to bite the bullet and get an assessment done.

School have been very supportive of him but seem reluctant to have assessment.

Where do I start?

And in what way would it benefit him to have a diagnosis? I need to totally make my mind up on this once and for all.

asandwichshort Thu 31-Oct-13 20:26:58

Certain opticians can do diagnostic tests. You can just ask them to do a test, no referrals needed. Just Google in your area for details. 2 parents at my school opted for this after I pointed them towards it ( A TA at our school's child (at another school) was diagnosed this way) It helped set other wheels in motion for further assessments and strategies to be put in place. Hope this helps

Bramblesinforrin Thu 31-Oct-13 20:30:08

The benefit is not so much in the diagnosis at this stage, but in understanding where he has strengths, where he needs support and which strategies would benefit him. However, if you do have a diagnosis then children are often relieved that there is something that is the cause of their diffficulties.

Try the British dyslexia association website. This will signpost you to practitioners. You need either an ed psych or someone with the AMBDA qualification.

There is a list of specialist teacher assessors with AMBDA on the Patoss website too.

I believe that both websites also have lists of specialist dyslexia teachers who offer tutoring. They should have either ATS or AMBDA.

All the best.

MellowMarshmallow Thu 31-Oct-13 20:59:43

Thanks to both of you for replying. The school are definitely open to strategies to help him as they are struggling to find a way forward and his progress is really stalling.

SallyBear Thu 31-Oct-13 23:21:57

An Ed Psych would do the diagnosis. At 8yrs a full assessment would cost about £500, a dyslexia screener which is a PC based test is normally carried out at about 11/12. That costs £250.

As for the optician element, a good behavioural optometrist will test how the eyes track across text and down the text. If it shows that there are tracking issues then they may suggest colourimetry which are certain coloured overlays put over text and the patient then treads the text. Colours can calm the text down. My DS was dx with a dyslexia screener and I then took him to see a Behavioural Optometrist. We came away with blue overlays that have helped. He now wears coloured lenses in glasses for reading. You can find a optometrist through the BABO here

Dyslexia isn't just reading, it can also affect working memory. Things like times tables can be very difficult to remember.

MellowMarshmallow Sat 02-Nov-13 16:03:39

Thanks Sally. We've been under a BO for a convergence issue, and it's fine now. She also tried coloured overlays but he didn't really express a preference, although that was more than a year ago so maybe time to explore again.

Def working memory is a problem. He works out the answer, then forgets it before he can write it down, or can't find the right place to write it down. Times tables are hopeless as he can real off the numbers but has no concept what they mean. Can sit and teach him this and all other basic maths concepts, then the next day have to start over again. Poor lad is really struggling.

SallyBear Sat 02-Nov-13 16:06:26

I know the feeling. My DS struggles with the concept of there, they're and their. They all get spelled as 'there'. He knows what they mean but can't remember the spelling so always writes there.

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