DYSLEXIA

Definition

‘Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.

Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor-coordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not by themselves, markers of dyslexia.

A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well founded intervention.’

British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

The Village Education Centre consults with a fully qualified and licensed educational psychologist. Educational psychologists administer and interpret psychological and educational tests. These tests identify and support learning difficulties and resulting behavioral issues. The educational psychologist alongside administering tests also advises schools on modified curriculums, additional resources, assistant support and when required exam concessions.

Why Assess?

If your child is experiencing difficulties at school the underlying reasons for these problems can vary from speech and language, motivational or specific learning difficulties like dyslexia.

Children who are under achieving at school may not be reaching their full potential due to these underlying difficulties. This can lead to low motivation, self esteem and academic failure.

Therefore it is essential that your child’s difficulties are identified. Quality assessments by a team of professionals aim to identify children’s needs and support them to learn better.

 Specialist Teacher Assessment

We also offer assessments for exam access arrangements by a qualified dyslexia specialist. These assessments are required for identified dyslexics to gain access to exam modifications. (See exam access section)

 Assessment FAQ

What do I need to bring to the assessment?

  • Any previous assessments
  • School Reports

 How long will the assessment last?

The assessment duration will depend on the age and ability of the child but is approximately 1-2 hours.

 What happens during the assessment?

During the assessment the assessor will ask the child to carry out a range of interesting activities which most children find enjoyable.

The activities will look at a wide range of factors that may be hindering the child’s   learning experience. A diagnostic assessment should identify learning issues; from this an appropriate programme of support can be implemented.

What’s next after the assessment?

After the assessment a meeting will be held with the parents and specialists to discuss further recommendations, curriculum modification, resources and intervention programmes to enhance learning.

To book an appointment to see one of our specialists please click here.