New in 2021: be tested for dyslexia and dyspraxia from the comfort of your home.
Following advances made during the pandemic, and guidance from our governing body (SASC), I am now able to offer full diagnostic dyslexia and dyspraxia assessments for those over the age of 16.
A good internet connection is a must! If you struggle with maintaining a good connection, you may like to ask other members of your household to do something offline whilst you have your assessment. You will also need a laptop to do the assessment on, or a tablet with a screen of at least 9.7”. Phones are not suitable. You must also be somewhere quiet, where you will not be disturbed.
Then, you will need pens, paper and pencils, a drink and anything else to help you feel comfortable!
It is very similar to any other assessment!
Before the assessment, you will be given a set of questionnaires to fill in. If you would prefer, the questionnaires can be filled in verbally, over the phone. You will also be sent an agreement, which it is important you read through and sign.
Once I have received those, there may be extra information that I need. On the day of the assessment, we will spend some time at the beginning of the session talking through your questionnaires. For a dyspraxia assessment, I will also gather a detailed history of fine and gross motor skills.
Then, I will administer a variety of tests, which include:
In all, an assessment should take about 3 hours.
A few days after the assessment day, I will send you an email to give you my initial findings. Then, around two weeks after, you will receive your full diagnostic report.
In a word, yes! We have extensive guidelines and procedures to follow which mean that assessments carried out online are as ‘valid’ as those carried out face-to-face. Students can use assessment reports to apply for DSA, and adults can use them to apply for Access to Work. Your assessment will look slightly different for being carried out online, but this is a robust testing method.
With all assessments, it is good for me as the assessor to be able to observe behaviours and strategies. Adults are more likely to recognise these in themselves and as such can discuss these. Children are less likely to be able to do this. As assessors we are encouraged to build a rapport with our clients – for children this is much more difficult online. There are also a number of tests that I use for children which are much more difficult to administer online, and these assessments do need some parental supervision if done online.
If you would like to explore the possibility of a ‘blended’ (half online and half in person) assessment for your child, please do contact me.
“I would highly recommend Jenny at New Forest Dyslexia. She made my daughter feel really at ease during the assessment, was very responsive and provided a report very soon after the assessment. The report that we have received is not only thorough but has given some excellent recommendations to support our daughter's learning.
“We are so pleased we have invested in the assessment and would have no hesitation in recommending Jenny to family and friends.
— N, Southampton
Assessment - £415
Joint Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Assessments (age 16+) - £465