What ia this word-matching test DS did with the SENCO today?

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Ragusa Tue 27-Mar-18 23:35:24

Hullo wise people, ĎS (9, Yr5) did an insividual screeing test of some sort today in school.

This followed parents' eve where generally all positive except for concentration, following insteuctions and spelling. Teacher asked if it wa ok if she got SENCO invoved.
The thing he did today involved looking at a nonsense word in a central speech bubble on the screen, reading it out, and then trying to match it with one of 5 or so similar-looking (but I imagine subtly different) nonsense words in bubbles surrounding the central 'bubble'
My question is,.what was this test looking at? Does it ring any bells with anyone here?
Is it phonic knowledge? Visual memory? Or something else completely?
Im sure the teacher will feed back but I am just nosy curious.
And feeling guilty because I've always just thought she was a naturally crap speller!

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Ragusa Wed 28-Mar-18 09:52:28

Bumping for the morning crowd

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Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 28-Mar-18 11:47:02


Ragusa Wed 28-Mar-18 12:47:29

@Tomorrowwillbeachicken thank you. Yes it may be that. Or google tells me, something to do with working memory.

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Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 28-Mar-18 13:20:26

there is also a disability with identifying the shapes of letters but don't know what it is called

Ragusa Wed 28-Mar-18 16:41:07

Thanks again. Guess we will juat have wait n see!

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BrendansDanceShoes Wed 28-Mar-18 22:02:57

Nobody is a naturally crap speller. If her vocal English is good and she reads well, poor spelling, inability in following instructions easily and concentration are all elements of possible dyslexia. Its goid to see your school consider this, and clearly not just think that dyslexia is 'cannot read'.


BrendansDanceShoes Wed 28-Mar-18 22:04:13

As a parent, given that you gave the consent for SENCO involvement, you are entitled to know what they were testing for.

Owlettele Wed 28-Mar-18 22:08:14

Sounds like one we use for working memory. It gives quite useful info so that teachers can better personalise the way your child gets info in class and offer further support. You should be given a full break down about it.

RainbowGlitterFairy Wed 28-Mar-18 22:09:34

were they described as alien words by any chance?

I use it a lot, sometimes for general phonics screening, sometimes dyslexia and occasionally a very basic form of irlens testing, before looking into better testing, because I can change the colour of the bubbles. From what you've said it is probably dyslexia screening.

Ragusa Thu 29-Mar-18 09:57:59

Thanks everyone. The teacher said she wasnt in a position to start guessing but then mentioned working memory issues. I mentioned dyslexia and whether this was a possibility because Ive wondered about this for a while, teacher didnt seem to think so.

Anyhoo, we shall see. DS said he found it really hard and had to guess all the answers.

Reading is fine, technically, but frequently skips around all over the page and misses chunks out. Never ever reads for pleasure of his own accord.

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Ragusa Thu 29-Mar-18 09:59:19

May have been described as alien words I think.
He just scraped a pass in the phonics screen BTW but phonic knowledge is worse than his 7yo sister's.

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