by Dr. Becky Spelman on 20/08/2020
The term “dyslexia” is used to describe a condition whereby someone of normal intelligence struggles to read. The precise way in which the condition is experienced varies. For example, people may have problems with spelling, reading, writing, and so forth. The severity of the condition also varies, and some people with a mild form of the condition can develop compensatory behaviors, making it harder to identify them. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the world, impacting on up to 7% of the population. It is more easily diagnosed in countries where the language is less regularly phonetic than English, posing more challenges in terms of language acquisition. However, it occurs all over the world.
Dyslexia in Children
Children sometimes show early signs of the condition, with delayed speech and difficulty telling left from right. Dyslexia signs can also co-exist with other learning disorders, such as ADHD. Often people may have the feeling that something is wrong, but are not sure what the problem is.
Dyslexia can lead to a great deal of emotional distress in young people at school, who are frustrated by the disconnect between their intelligence level and their reading abilities, and often by their relative failure to progress. If their condition is not treated adequately, distress can continue in later life, as dyslexia can cause problems in terms of work and career progression. In general, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better the educational outcome, and the lower the incidence of emotional distress related to the condition.
Everyone is different, and it is not always easy to figure out why one person has dyslexia and another doesn’t. Sometimes it is hereditary, and research indicates that there can be both genetic and environmental inputs. Dyslexia in adults may occur after suffering a stroke or trauma. Either way, the first step to treatment is a clear diagnosis, giving you the knowledge to make the necessary steps moving forward.
A number of tests can be used to identify dyslexia. These tests should be carried out by a fully qualified educational psychologist. Your psychologist will take information on a range of areas, including background information about your family and details of any occurrences of the condition or other learning disabilities, general intelligence, oral language skills, word recognition, phonological processing, and more.
Although some simple screen tests are available online, a full dyslexia assessment by a professional is necessary to reliably determine if someone has it or not, and what interventions would be appropriate for them.
With a clear diagnosis, it is possible to tailor learning strategies specific to the type of dyslexia the person displays. Furthermore, institutions in the UK, such as schools and colleges, are required to make special provision for people with a diagnosis, such as extra time to complete exam papers.
DYSLEXIA ASSESSMENT (ADULT & CHILD)
The first step to managing dyslexia is to get a diagnosis. We can provide patients with a proven dyslexia assessment that will provide clarity, and that they can use to make arrangements at work, college or school to mitigate the impact of the condition on performance and outcomes.
Our dyslexia assessments, which can also be conducted face to face or by video call (Skype/FaceTime), and is the most affordable dyslexia screening and assessment services in London, are carried out by one of our highly specialised Psychologist Tamara Licht-Musso. Tamara regularly carries out assessments for dyslexia and she has a wealth of training and experience in the area of assessing and treating dyslexia. After each assessment, Tamara can either write a full comprehensive report or provide verbal feedback. This report can be supplied to school or university in application for special treatment with respect to exams and assignments. Tamara will discuss the results and treatment options with the person involved. In addition to this we provide you with a free advice and tips on how to manage the condition and develop outstanding coping strategies.
There are two different options for a dyslexia assessment.
Option 1: Screening and report (2.5 hours including letter back):
Best for: For personal use.
Time required: 90 minutes approx.
The screening assessment tool is the first step in identifying specific learning difficulties; however, an interview with the client in order to explore personal development/history gives a more robust base form where to make interpretations resulting from the assessment tool.
What will happen during the dyslexia screening session?
You will first be interviewed by Tamara and she will go over your concerns, questions and personal/developmental history. For the second part of the session, you will use a computerized program that will screen for dyslexia risk. This computerized assessment usually lasts for 30 minutes. Note that the results are not obtained on the same day.
Tamara will produce a letter merging the results from the screening assessment and personal history; clear graphs are included in the letter (this will allow you to see and better understand your results). The letter also gives recommendations as to what would be the best steps to take moving forwards depending on the results. Alternatively, you may request for a verbal feedback session instead of a letter; please note that no written document is given during these sessions. Regardless of whether you choose to have a letter back or a verbal feedback session, the fee is quoted the same. If you requested a letter and wish to then discuss your results with Tamara, she will be happy to offer a 15 minute free phone conversation and if you wish to amend any details of your letter (within what the practitioner considers helpful) Tamara will be able to do one amendment provided she agrees that this amendment is relevant. Any further amendments will charged.
Option 2: Extensive assessment and report (5 hours including report).
Best for: Report is suitable for education purposes such as receiving special consideration for Universities and schools for exams and assignments.
Time required: 1.5 hours on one day and a further 2 hours on a second day.
This assessment comprises of two separate sessions divided as follows:
– 1.5 hours on one day: The first session will compromise of a screening session that will last for approximately 90 minutes.
What will happen during the extensive dyslexia assessment session?
You will first be interviewed by Tamara and she will go over your concerns, questions and personal/developmental history. For the second part of the session, you will use a computerised program that will screen for dyslexia risk. This computerised assessment usually lasts for 30 minutes. Note that the results are not obtained on the same day. If the results point to high or mild risk for a potential dyslexia diagnosis, Tamara will communicate this to you and make an appointment to see you for further assessments. The fee for this initial phase is £375. If you do not show a positive dyslexia result on the initial screening on the first visit you will not be required to attend on the second day and we will refund you £375 of the fees paid. Tamara will, regardless of the result, produce a letter merging the results from the screening assessment and personal history; clear graphs are included in the letter (this will allow you to see and better understand your results). The letter also gives recommendations as to what would be the best steps to take moving forwards depending on the results. Alternatively, you may request for a verbal feedback session instead of a letter; please note that no written document is given during these sessions. Regardless of whether you choose to have a letter back or a verbal feedback session, the fee is quoted the same. If you requested a letter and wish to then discuss your results with Tamara, she will be happy to offer a 15 minute free phone conversation and if you wish to amend any details of your letter (within what the practitioner considers helpful) Tamara will be able to do so as a one off. Any further amendments will be charged.
On the second day of the extensive dyslexia assessment (2 hours required)
If you are required to attend the second session, this one will involve the use of one more testing tool and self-report scales. At this session, we will also look into other potential triggers that may be interfering with your learning process or academic/professional work (e.g. anxiety, low-mood). Tamara then will produce a report in order to better determine the viability of a dyslexia diagnosis.
Regardless of your age (or the age of the person being tested), a clear understanding of what is wrong, and how to manage it, can be the start of a much easier future. Not only can we diagnose you but we can help you overcome it.
Our Clinical Director and TV Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of eight but luckily she managed to learn strategies to almost completely overcome any challenges brought about by the condition. By the time Dr Spelman was 25 years old she had completed her Doctorate in Psychology. This goes to show a dyslexia diagnosis does not need to hold you back academically.
Booking and further information
Here is the link on our website that also provides further information on Dyslexia. You can also find more information about Tamara our Psychologist who specialises in dyslexia here.
If you would like to talk to someone about being assessed for dyslexia in London, please get in touch with us at Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at: 03331 221 298 or book online .