Advice & Consultation
Breakthrough Education Support can provide advice and specialist support about the provision and practices for learners with dyslexia, advise teachers on creating inclusive classrooms and set up screening procedures.
Dyslexia screening can be the first step in the identification of dyslexia. It will:
- Establish whether a child is at risk of dyslexia and to what extent
- Provide a profile of strengths and weakness
- Help determine whether a full assessment is necessary
- The assessment should take approximately 1. 5 hrs to complete. A confidential Summary Report, outlining the results and recommended learning interventions will be provided.
Full Diagnostic Dyslexic Assessment (Age 7+)
This is provides a full assessment and where appropriate a diagnosis of dyslexia (based on the British Dyslexia Association definition of dyslexia).
A full assessment can help ensure that the learner receives the appropriate support, strategies and interventions to help them to succeed and make progress. It also help dyslexic learners develop a better understanding of their learning preferences and help to build their self-esteem.
The assessment usually takes between 2.5 – 3 hours to complete and includes measures of reading, spelling and handwriting. Verbal and visual short term memory, phonological memory, phonological awareness, speed of processing and visual and verbal ability will also be examined.
A thorough, detailed written report will be completed following an assessment. Reports meet the standard of the SpLD Standards Committee (SASC) and will include a diagnosis (if appropriate) with supporting evidence. Areas of strength and development will be discussed, along with the implications for the educational setting.
Reports will include detailed and practical recommendations for school/college/setting staff. If relevant, recommendations for exam concessions, such as extra time, a reader or scribe, will also be included in report.
The assessment may highlight signs of other specific learning difficulties, such as ADHD, Dyspraxia or Irlen Syndrome (Visual Stress). These will be discussed in the report along with recommendations for further action including referrals to other agencies.