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Who can diagnose dyslexia?

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Petal19 Wed 02-Apr-14 21:23:01

For 2/3 years now I have suspected my son may be dyslexic but have always been talked out of it by the school! At times his self esteem is so low it's heartbreaking. I have decided that we just need to know now but paying for it is going to be a struggle for us and the school have told me that they are only allowed 2 children to see an ed psych between now and end of school year and that he won't be one of them because of the academic progress he has made recently.

I have no idea where to start! Who can officially diagnose dyslexia, what is the cost likely to be and can anyone recommend someone in Hertfordshire?

Skylar123 Thu 03-Apr-14 00:00:26


wasuup3000 Thu 03-Apr-14 01:04:10

Usually a British Dyslexia Association specialist can diagnose - There is a website you maybe able to find someone local from there.

nostoppingme Thu 03-Apr-14 05:34:17

Dyslexia Action is another first port of call.

You can look up experts on PATOSS website too. Sorry I haven't got the info in front of me just now but I can give you some more links tomorrow.

How old is your child? What year is he in?

towicymru Thu 03-Apr-14 05:53:28

We just had DS assessed by a private Ed Psych. He works with the council next to ours so isn't one who gives you what you want iykwim.

We got the report back this week and have sent a copy to the school so am waiting to hear back on what action they are going to put in place to help him.

I think the battle is only just beginning....

Petal19 Thu 03-Apr-14 06:16:40

Thanks everyone. He is 8 years old, year 3. I've been looking and so confused as worrying I will waste my money on using the wrong person!

bjkmummy Thu 03-Apr-14 06:52:54

i went through dyslexia action as i was in the same position as you . i was scared of using the wrong person and also dyslexia action are known so i thought a dx by them would be credible.

it cost me £475 and she was seen quite quickly - she was dx with dyslexia and it was shocking how bad she was when school keep saying she is 'fine' what we've learnt is that she has learnt how to cover it up.

we are now appealing trying to get her a statement so have had more reports done and she has so many difficulties coming out of the dyslexia

since she was dx the school have done fairly little to be honest - they wrote an IEP and thats been about it and theyve allowed our dyslexia tutor to go into school but its helped us as parents getting her seen so we finally knew if she was dyslexic.

also be careful of these 'screening ' tests school do - one school did it with her and they now say she was only 'low' risk so wouldnt refer her to the EP - 6 months later she was privately dx and her dyslexia is bad and none of the teachers picked it up

AboveTheOxbow Thu 03-Apr-14 06:53:13

An educational psychologist or a specialist teacher with an appropriate qualification (so someone registered with patoss). A specialist teacher will be cheaper if you take the private route.
Herts may have a specialist teaching service who can diagnose- I am an EP and we had this in a couple of authorities I have worked in. I suspect you will wait a long time to see an EP through the school, although I have never worked in Herts so know nothing about the service.

wasuup3000 Thu 03-Apr-14 09:37:37

I also had to get an independent assessment my son is severely dyslexic amongst other things - ring around for prices and look at any recomendations by others closely. My son's independent dyslexia report was much better than his independent EP report but my son as I said has many issue's.

Ilisten2thesoundofdrums Thu 03-Apr-14 13:13:37

We had to get an independent report done for DD too. I kept getting that she was "fine" from school as she was doing "averagely". At my insistance they did a screening test which came back with her "at risk" of being dyslexic but because her academic levels were not so bad that she was failing they were not prepared to do anything else.
The dx said she is moderately dyslexic on a scale mild/moderate/severe.
Mainly the help she is getting at school is minimal but the knowlegde that she has a problem and is not stupid has helped her self esteem no end and taken the pressure off a bit so that she is really trying now ( when I paid for the DX her self esteem was through the floor and she was calling herself stupid)

Petal19 Thu 03-Apr-14 22:00:58

Thank you, all really helpful comments.

I called my local dyslexia action today and was given 2 contact numbers for specialist teachers in my area. One seems to be a dyslexic centre I think but am waiting for a call back to find out cost. The other lady I called charges £350. Dyslexia action said that a specialist teacher should be sufficient at this stage but I'm so worried I won't get the right diagnosis and waste my money but hopefully once we get it done everything will fall into place. To be fair he is getting fairly good support at school and is only in a class of 12 (small village school) but his self esteem is very up and down and I just want to know so he can understand why he struggles and I can get him the exact help he needs and also the school could take away the support anytime they want so I want to be prepared in case that happens.

mrsbaffled Fri 04-Apr-14 10:50:21

The specialist teaching service came in to school to assess DS1. They were requested via a paed who we saw after the GP referred us due to worries about dyspraxia, and dyslexia was a side-issue.
He was dx with SpLD in certain areas, rather than dyslexia per se. TBH I don't think they use that term in our area any more.

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