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.