Assessment can be helpful if there are concerns about:
- Reading, writing or spelling
- Attention and concentration
- Planning and organisation
Whilst these factors can lead to challenges especially in certain environments, Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties such as Dyspraxia are not barriers to success.
In fact many people in the public eye identify as experiencing specific learning difficulties. These include: Steven Spielberg, Director; Mohammed Ali, World Heavyweight Champion Boxer; Duncan Goodhew, Arctic Explorer; Magic Johnson, Basketball player; Steve Redrave, Olympic Gold Medalist Rower; Daniel Radcliffe, Actor; Cara Delevingne, Supermodel; Florence Welch, Singer Songwriter; Jamie Oliver, Chef; Maxine Frances Roper, Journalist.
I offer assessments for children aged from 6 years up through to adults including university students. Cognitive assessment uses lots of quick tests to measure a wide range of core thinking skills. Difficulties with core skills can help to explain the underlying causes of academic issues. This then helps to pinpoint where to target strategies and how to use areas of strength to compensate. The written report can be used for education or work settings to help access support.
Tests include spoken questions, written tasks and puzzles completed on an iPad. Scores are compared with each other to map out a personal profile of abilities. Usually the testing takes around three hours with an additional hour to ask about general health, balance and co-ordination, the impact of difficulties on school and/or work and what helps.
More information on Dyslexia can be found on the NHS website. Each person with dyslexia will have a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses; often people have strengths such as creative thinking and problem solving.
A person with dyslexia may:
- read and write very slowly
- confuse the order of letters in words
- put letters the wrong way round – such as writing “b” instead of “d”
- have poor or inconsistent spelling
- understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that’s written down
- find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions
- struggle with planning and organisation
I use an iPad based assessment kit. Watch a video of it in use here: