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Access Success - Dyslexia Assessment

How to request a dyslexia assessment for children and adults?

There are various ways to request a dyslexia test for children, although it can sometimes be a frustrating process particularly for parents.  The first step is to meet the child’s teacher and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to discuss the concerns and any support that may have been tried already.

If the child continues to have difficulties despite having additional support, ask for him/her to be referred for a dyslexia assessment by the local authority, or obtain a private dyslexia assessment with a specialist teacher in order to gain a full diagnostic report with recommendations for the school.

It takes considerable courage for adults to request a dyslexia assessment because the person is fully aware of their difficulties and the thought of having them highlighted could be daunting and nerve-racking.  However, a diagnosis may provide a reason for underachievement at school and for his/her chosen career path.  Consequently, for adults, it can be a huge relief to find an explanation for their reading and writing difficulties.  As a result of a full diagnostic assessment, a workplace needs assessment may be requested to assess their requirements at work.  Often the use of assistive technology is recommended and enables individuals to read and write more easily.


Contact Name
Alyson Spiller
Contact Position
07800 945318
Access Success


Bow Street
TA10 9PS

Further information

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Age range
8 years to 65 years
Last updated: 22/07/2021
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