Dyslexia Testing and Tutors

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Dyslexia Assessments

Assessments

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OG* Placement Screen 


This is not a formal diagnosis. This screening process is looking for weak phonological, morphological and sound-to-symbol skills, which are three hallmark characteristics of dyslexia.  


While this screen does not include a formal diagnosis or report, we will do a detailed verbal consult following the screen to inform clients and parents about findings. This screen can give clients a good idea if dyslexia is causing difficulties at school and can give some insight into what steps should be taken in the future.


Plan on 2 1/2 - 3 hours for this screen and verbal consult.


​*OG - Orton-Gillingham tutoring curriculum. To learn more about the OG Placement Screen, click here.

We have two levels of assessment to suit your needs:

Assessments at True Potential Education are comprised of standardized tests selected specifically to find phonological or morphological weaknesses in core language skills, and determine if there is consistency in these weaknesses with the dyslexia profile as defined by the International Dyslexia Association.


Our assessments also incorporate an extensive background review including behavioral, scholastic and genetic background information.

There are some very good reasons to have your child assessed for dyslexia:

If you are seeking remediation services...


Unlike many language issues, dyslexia has a specific method of remediation. To ensure that your child is getting the best possible services and is making as much progress as possible, it is important to verify that phonological and morphological weaknesses are indeed behind their difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. Once properly identified, a trained educator or tutor should know exactly how to begin intervening and teaching these core language skills.  If your educator does not know how to remediate dyslexia, or does not believe in teaching Orton-Gillingham curriculum, you need to find a provider of these services privately for your child. True Potential Education can help!

If you are seeking assistive services through an IEP or 504 plan...

Getting appropriate services from the public school system can prove to be challenging. This is largely due to the fact that many students with dyslexia are in fact very intelligent, and will not be consistently discrepant enough to qualify for services from the school system. Armed with a diagnosis of dyslexia, a parent can approach a 504 meeting with the knowledge of what is causing their child's difficulties, and what can be done to best accommodate their child's learning style in the school.

If your spouse, family, or friends think you are crazy...

You may laugh, but it's the truth. Dyslexia can be difficult to put your finger on; for parents and for teachers. Oftentimes students are assessed because moms have a consistent nagging feeling that something just isn't right. A difference in learning styles between children can tip mom off that there may be a problem, or perhaps they have a smart, chatty, wonderful child who loves school, but simply cannot learn to read, write and/or spell, despite their extensive work at home. We also see many children because prior to going to school, parents had a wonderful, happy-go-lucky child who hit preschool or elementary, then all of a sudden became a "behavior problem". Many times, these behaviors can be attributed to frustration. 

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Dyslexia Diagnostic Assessment


This is an assessment to find dyslexia, dysnomia, dysgraphia, or other language processing issues. This assessment includes a full written report and will include a diagnosis with medical coding if indicated, as well as a full list of recommended accommodations for the student both in class and on homework. This report would be useful for teachers, and could be used for a 504 or an IEP meeting.  Allow approximately six hours for this assessment.


The goal of a diagnostic report from True Potential Education is to give parents and educators the information they need to move forward in effectively educating the student.