|INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT|
|If you are a teacher or a special needs co-ordinator (SENCo) and you are concerned about a child in your school you may consider referring the child for a psychological assessment through the Local Education Authority. A full psychological assessment will establish a child’s strengths and weaknesses and will help in planning an effective teaching programme with a specialist teacher. An assessment will also provide a detailed diagnosis of dyslexia or related difficulties and the psychologist will be able to give recommendations as to what can be done to help, when appropriate.
It may be that the child’s difficulties are not regarded as severe enough to recommend assessment with an educational psychologist. However, we feel that children who are experiencing difficulties at school will benefit from an assessment, in order to ascertain the reasons for their difficulties and to ensure that the right kind of help is received as soon as possible.
If you are seeking information on psychological assessments for adults please see below.
|ADVICE FOR PARENTS|
|Parents who are concerned about their child’s literacy difficulties, should first approach the school. The school may arrange for the child to be assessed by the special needs co-ordinator (SENCo) or by an educational psychologist. Parents may also contact their local Dyslexia Institute centre to arrange an independent assessment with a Chartered Psychologist. All our centres offer an assessment service which is delivered by a team of consulting psychologists whose work is subject to a rigorous system of quality control. The professional conduct of all psychologists in the Dyslexia Institute is regulated by the British Psychological Society.
Administrative staff at Dyslexia Institute centres can give advice and information regarding the help available. If you wish to discuss your own or your child’s educational problems in a little more detail, before making a decision as to whether an assessment is required, a half-hour appointment can be made with a senior teacher. No charge is made for this service.
A bursary fund exists to help with the funding of assessments and lessons for those people who cannot meet the cost of the specialist lessons, although funds are limited. Some GP fund-holders may be willing to pay for an assessment.
|WHAT HAPPENS AT A DI PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT?
Assessment for Children
|When you have made an appointment for your child’s assessment, you will be asked to complete a Family Questionnaire. You will also be asked to invite your child’s school to complete a School Questionnaire. These two documents form excellent background information for the psychologist.
The psychologist will chat with you briefly before the assessment begins, and will then spend up to two hours with your child. During the assessment your child will be asked to carry out a range of interesting tasks, which most children find very enjoyable. When the tests have been completed, the psychologist will discuss the results with you and make recommendations as to what action to take.
A confidential report is issued within approximately three weeks of the assessment, setting out the results, findings and recommendations. You will also receive a free booklet entitled ‘An Introduction for Parents’ , giving answers to many frequently asked questions, as well as information regarding teaching and what you can do to help.
|Assessment for Adults|
|Before attending for the assessment you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to provide background information for the psychologist. The assessment will take approximately 2 to 2 ˝ hours, during which time you will be able to discuss your difficulties with the psychologist, as well as taking part in a wide range of interesting tests. The psychologist will then discuss the results and findings of the assessment and offer some advice as to what action you may wish to take. A full confidential report will be provided approximately three weeks after the assessment, setting out the results, findings and recommendations. After receiving this report, you may, if required, attend for a free consultation with a senior teacher, who will offer further advice regarding the next steps to take.|
|What is being assessed?|
|The tests given assess the following: underlying ability, thinking, organising and planning, using words and patterns; vocabulary; reading, writing, spelling; memory; sound skills.
The result is a ‘profile’ – a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses – from which an experienced psychologist can see whether the student is dyslexic, and what should be done to help.
All the information will be sent in a full confidential report, about three weeks after the assessment.
For a deeper understanding of the process of assessment see “Principles of Assessment” . You may also wish to read “Teacher Assessment in the Secondary School” , an interesting article about one specific school.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR DYSLEXIA INSTITUTE ASSESSMENTS
The Dyslexia Institute believes that an assessment should be a positive experience, providing, wherever possible, answers to questions and suggestions of how to move forward. As explained in the Dyslexia Institute leaflets, assessment is a key part of understanding an individual’s strengths and difficulties, and planning appropriate action. The focus of the assessment process is always the individual and it is their interests that will be put first. In order to obtain a balanced picture it is helpful to have background information from home, schools, employers, etc. However, no contact will be made with any outside agencies without prior approval and, as explained in our data protection statement, no information will be released without prior approval.
The following Terms and Conditions are designed to explain the operation of the assessment procedure and to minimise the potential for misunderstanding.
The Dyslexia Institute will:
 A ‘client’ being assessed can be an adult, young person or a child. Where the client being assessed is a child, i.e. under the age of 16 years, the client’s parent(s) will usually be considered as the client for the purpose of conforming to these Terms and Conditions. Generally, young persons aged 16-17 are entitled to the same duty of confidence as adults. Therefore, their parents should explain and discuss with them in advance the reason for the assessment, and obtain their agreement to proceed within the conditions of the above Terms and Conditions. However, it should be noted that children of any age who have the capacity and understanding to take decisions about their own treatment are also entitled to a duty of confidence and to decide whether their personal information should be disclosed to a third party. Where children do not have the requisite capacity and understanding, decisions to pass information may be taken by a person with parental responsibility in consultation with the professional assessor involved.
 Waiting facilities cannot be guaranteed at all outposts
The Dyslexia Institute reserves the right to terminate, or not to accept, a referral, or not circulate an assessment report, if:
The commissioner/purchaser (if not the client being assessed) will:
The client being assessed will:
 In particular, the Data Protection Act 1998, Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Article 8, (right to private life) Human Rights Act 1998
 The Dyslexia Institute prefers that payment be made via one paying agent only.