Sarah Cleaver MA CPsychol AFBPsS
Dyslexia Assessment: What happens?
I thought you might enjoy a peek into my working life - what happens during a Dyslexia Assessment? And what's in The Bag?
Here's a picture I took last week, just before an assessment began. By this time, of course, I've already spent an hour on the phone with my client, explaining what to expect, and asking questions about their history, difficulties, strengths, and job. So by the time I meet them, I feel I already know them a little.
So, what's on the table? Working from the front: My flask of coffee, tissues (for me, but you are welcome to help yourself), my glasses (because getting old is that much fun), a pen. The blocks that we use in one of our tasks. Two ipads, one for me, one for you. A notepad which I'm going to use for a Test Log - noting things down as we go along - what strategies did you use? What did I notice? What did you find particularly easy?
Next, there are some word cards, a scoring card, and some additional checklists, in case I need to use them - I will explain what I'm doing if these come out! But be asssured, I'll be considering other explanations for your difficulty - not just looking for one thing. Is it dyslexia, or could it be dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, or even autism?
At the back, a coloured card that I use to explain results in a visual way - you will get a hand-written results sheet to take away "on the day", and a written report within a day or two. You get first sight of it, then I'll share it with your employer once you have given the OK. (You will remember signing a consent form, after having this explained to you.)
And finally - two other tools - one for testing handwriting speed (which can be handy for those needing to write written exams) and one for checking coloured overlays - just in case you find it helpful.
(If I was at home, there would also be a teapot or coffee mug, and a basket of snacks for you!)
I hope this helps those of you who want to know what to expect at your assessment. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments!