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Teacher mentioned dd may be dyslexic but has always been at top of the class?

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llynnnn Wed 05-Mar-14 20:37:16

My dd is in year 3, and she has always done brilliantly at school, been at the top of her class and is currently working at level 3b in all subject areas. But, her teacher says her spelling isn't good at all and she just isn't remembering and using the correct spelling 'rules' in her writing.

We know this has always been her weakness and she hates learning spellings. despite us working on them through the week she still struggles, but we have always been told before that she's doing great and will get it etc, however at tonight's parents evening her teacher mentioned that she may be dyslexic?
Has anyone else been in this position? The school have advised us to have her eyes tested first and then they'll do dyslexia tests within the school.

The teacher seems to think that if this area doesn't improve then her writing level won't continue to increase and that this will hold her back. sad she was always very enthusiastic about school, but we have noticed a change since she went into year 3 and she is worried and gets anxious about it all

Thanks for reading! Sorry for the long post! thanks

Mumoftwoyoungkids Mon 10-Mar-14 10:08:44

In my experience a bright child is incredibly able to compensate for difficulties. During the routine sight test my school have to all 8 year olds they discovered that I was severely short sighted.

On asking they discovered I hadn't been able to see the board at school for months but it was ok because I just copied my friend's.

Apparently "sometimes she copies the maths wrong but I can tell so I put it right" and "she said she had superpower eyes and that's why she could see and I couldn't."

WynkenBlynkenandNod Mon 10-Mar-14 10:20:46

Interesting reading this. Several of DS's cousins have dyslexia and I raised concerns in Year 3 as he hates reading aloud, struggles with writing and spelling. The Head whisked him off for a 'Dyslexia test' and said he was fine.

Now in Year 5 at Middle school and writing/spelling an issue again at new school. They did CAT tests when they got there and he scored very highly on the Verbal one (highest in year) but recent spelling age test puts him a year behind his age.

School have suggested laptop and writing intervention classes but he is very sensitive, hates standing out and doesn't want to. Compromise is he will be doing English homework on the computer and learning touch typing.

Anniegoestotown Mon 10-Mar-14 10:36:22

* The Head whisked him off for a 'Dyslexia test' and said he was fine*

Can I ask how he was tested. The test for dyslexia is a serious test which you as a parent sit in on and costs around £400 if you go privately. The HT does not whisk someone off for a dyslexia test and pronounce they are not dyslexic unless they are a qualified educational psychologist. Because there are so many aspects to dyslexia it is not a quick test. Did you get a report to say he scored well on all the tests therefore he is not dyslexic?

jaffacakesallround Mon 10-Mar-14 10:44:05

I agree.

I carry out specialist teachers' assessments for dyslexia and would need up to 2 hours with a pupil ( privately). Children who see an ed psych privately are with them for around 3-4 hours and the going rate is £400-£450.

It's possible to do a quick phonic screening with some screening tests - computer based- but these are only the tip of the iceberg.

WynkenBlynkenandNod Mon 10-Mar-14 11:03:58

I was just thinking recently I don't have a lot of faith in what he did. We were struggling with my Mum who has Dementia at the time and we were rapidly heading for crisis so everything got a bit much. I got nothing in writing and have no idea what he did.

We paid for a private Dyspraxia assessment (his sister has it) which I was there for and we got a proper written report. I need to sort a proper assessment don't I? I think it was a quick computer thing reading what you're saying. Right, time for action - please could I have suggestions on where to get a proper private assessment?

smee Mon 10-Mar-14 11:05:01

Agree with last two posts. Ask to see whatever test results the Head got from their assessment. A full Ed Psych report is very detailed and it sounds like what they did was nowhere near that.

jaffacakesallround Mon 10-Mar-14 11:16:40

A full assessment- either through an ed psych- contact Dyslexia Action who can do this, or google British Psychological Society for contact details of chartered child ed psychs. OR look at PATOSS online and they have a list ( online) of specialist teachers who can assess ( though this may not be as detailed as an assessment by an ed psych.)

WynkenBlynkenandNod Mon 10-Mar-14 16:18:02

Thank you all very much, that's a big help. He's changed schools since then and the Head of the old school left. I'll hit Google, and sort an Ed Psych assessment. Feel a bit bad as am clued up on Dyspraxia but not Dyslexia, time to change that.

educatingarti Mon 10-Mar-14 16:29:46

Many schools use some software to "diagnose" students with dyslexia. It is a lot cheaper than paying for an educational psychologist. The only problem is (according to dyslexia action) that about 15% of dyslexics slip through the net when using the software so it can't be used to show that a student is not dyslexic. Lots of schools don't understand this and say categorically that a student is not dyslexic when they have done the online test and got a negative result.

ifIsaynodontjustaskdad Mon 10-Mar-14 16:36:32

Being dyslexic and top of the class aren't mutually exclusive. I am dyslexic with numbers. I got diagnosed at 21 during my masters, and yes I did maths and physics at uni. My sister got diagnosed during her language degree. She always wrote the e in her name backwards. No one noticed. Apparently you just evolve coping mechanisms but I do think both of pur lives would have been easier if we'd known earlier. I spent any years struggling as I didn't realize numbers aren't supposed to move when you look at them

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