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DYSLEXIA ASSESSMENT PERTH

What is Dyslexia?

There are many varying definitions of Dyslexia, with the general public’s perception being it is a condition where the person has trouble with reading, writing, and spelling…and getting their b’s and d’s backwards!

For that reason, the DSM-5, which is the disorder classification system that the Health and Education organisations in Western Australia align to, does not use the term Dyslexia but instead uses the term Specific Learning Disorder (SLD).

Typically, a Dyslexic is categorised under this system as having a SLD in Reading and Writing, though it could also just be a SLD in Reading.

PECS’s reports always use the SLD terminology due to that being what all of the relevant Education and Health institutions in Perth and Western Australia (WA) align to.

Dyslexia Symptoms

What is unanimously agreed is that reading is always low in a person with Dyslexia.

Often a person with Dyslexia will also have writing and or spelling problems too.

A person who has Global Dyslexia has problems with reading, writing, spelling and language.

These individuals with Global Dyslexia often also have problems with speech production and display a lisp, stutter, or difficulty pronouncing sounds like ‘th’ or ‘r’ (ie say fing for thing, fwree for three, or uver for other)

Those with Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorder often also have ADHD and Autism and often it is found more frequently in left-handers, or those with a left-handed parent.

When do the Dyslexia symptoms become prominent?

People with Dyslexia / a Specific Learning Disorder are born with the condition however often it is not identified until they reach the schooling system.

Early speech problems often lead to children with Dyslexia / a Specific Learning Disorder being identified before they reach school or at an earlier stage like kindergarten or Pre-Primary.

 

 

Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorder Testing

A Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorder assessment is a cross-battery approach centred around a cognitive test (IQ Test) and an educational battery.

The testing is quite comprehensive and takes approximately 3.5 hours with multiple breaks provided as required.

Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorders are diagnosed by Registered Psychologists.

How is Dyslexia / a Specific Learning Disorder treated?

For individuals with Specific Learning Disorders to be successful, they require two areas of support, remediation and accommodation.

Remediation involves direct instruction in skills by a specialist teacher and accommodation involves adaptations and modifications of curriculum and instructional practices.

One thing that must be made clear is that Dyslexia / SLD is a permanent condition that can’t be ‘fixed’ and that there is “little or no improvement despite the intervention that is put in place”.

That does not mean that no intervention is applied for Dyslexia / Learning Disorders.

Quite the opposite is true. Intervention and accommodations are very important to help individuals continue to learn and to also make sure they do not fall further behind.

Booking a Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorder Assessment:

If you would like a Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorder assessment for your child or for yourself, please ring (08) 9388 8044 and one of our staff will provide all of the information you require.

Just remember – you are never too old to have a Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorder assessment. We are often assessing people in their 50’s and 60’s who finally get some relief/understanding of where their life’s issues stemmed from.

Contact us today for a Dyslexia / Specific Learning Disorder assessment.

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