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How to get a dyslexia assessment in year 6?

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nickEcave Wed 07-Feb-18 15:23:53

I have thought for a couple of years that DD11 might have dyslexia as several members of my husband's family have it and, although she had no problems learning to read she has issues with spelling, focusing and organising her work. Last term she seemed to be having difficulty seeing the white board at school and after 2 separate tests the optician confirmed her vision is perfect and referred her to the GP for dyslexia testing. The GP then phoned to tell me that the referral from the optician was incorrect and we must go through the school. I met the SENCO last week who was very pleasant but basically said that the school only gets a day a month of the Educational Psychologists time and there was no way she would be getting a full assessment but they would try and get her a short appointment with the Ed Psych so they could make some recommendations to support her. Today I spoke again to the GP who said the school are wrong to refuse her the assessment as getting a proper diagnosis is important for her whole future education. Has anyone successfully got a primary school to refer for diagnostic assessment in Year 6? I really want this sorted before she goes to secondary school.

Tainbri Thu 08-Feb-18 08:19:15

To be honest in my experience the school will only use the budget on the more severe cases. You get one if you are successful with an application to assess for an EHCP but otherwise the Ed psychs who come into schools on rotation don't tend to spend enough time to do in depth tests. Have you considered going private? It's not cheap but we found it money well spent.

Tainbri Thu 08-Feb-18 08:22:08

One other thought, has she had her colour vision tested? We had to go to a specialised optometrist rather than a standard optition for this. Coloured overlays or tinted glasses can help in certain cases (thinking of white the whiteboard situation)

nickEcave Thu 08-Feb-18 11:00:39

Thanks Tainbri, we have experimented with colour overlays and they seem to help so we will look into getting tinted glasses. She will be starting secondary school in September and I wonder if we might have any more luck getting an assessment via the Secondary school? If its really not going to happen then we will look at going private. I think she may have mild dyspraxia as well as she finds it incredibly hard to organise herself and is always losing things, although her physical co-ordination is fine and she plays a lot of sport.

GreenTulips Sat 10-Feb-18 16:36:59


Your LA should have a dyslexic policy ours states schools should do the basic screening and Ed Pycs are only for sever cases - your daughter wouldn't qualify for EP because she is coping in some areas

So you need to look for the policy and refer to it.

They do an online screening test and you can do this yourself if you want to - it's about £20

Look at British dyslexic society or there's a worldwide one I think

GreenTulips Sat 10-Feb-18 16:37:31

There's also 37 signs of dyslexia of which they need to match 10

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