Dyslexia and The Tests For Diagnosing

Diagnosing dyslexia is not left to one single method. A number of different tests are used to identify dyslexia. The initial tests identify common symptoms. More detailed tests are required to measure the extent and type of dyslexia

Once symptoms of dyslexia arise it is important to be tested. It is better to identify and diagnose dyslexia at the earliest possible age. It is easy to work with children who are diagnosed at the age of 6 than those who are diagnosed as teens. Educational psychologists conduct very specialized tests to identify dyslexia.

Have your child’s medical doctor check for medical problems that may contribute to symptoms of dyslexia. Once any medical condition is ruled out it is time to consult an educational psychologist.

The two types of tests for diagnosing dyslexia are screening tests and comprehensive tests. A screening test, like it sounds, is used on a group of student to find potentially dyslexics. From that point, a comprehensive test measures the extent of the symptoms and possible causes.

Scientifically constructed statistical techniques are used to quantify the symptoms. It is important to understand the measuring techniques so that you can understand the severity of dyslexia. Comprehensive tests include reading, spelling, and intelligence, along with visual tests, reversal tests and sequencing tests.

Comprehensive dyslexia tests are either done in person or long distance. It is best for the educational psychologist to conduct the test in person, that way they are able to meet and interact with the student. This gives them a lot of additional information. The unfortunate thing about long distance testing is that the expert never meets the individual.

Long distance tests usually contain objective and situational questions to which the student responds. The test is returned, the answers evaluated, the dyslexia symptoms measured, and a detailed report is sent back.

In the United States it is Federal Law that public schools must test your child for dyslexia, especially if you think your child may be suffering from the learning challenge.

Are there cures for dyslexia? There really is no cure, but you can do something about it. Visit our sister site for information on Childrens ADHD Treatments.

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