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Why is it so difficult to get a dyslexia diagnosis?

Getting a diagnosis is tricky. Let me make the process a bit more straightforward for you.

Imagine finally getting that assessment report in your hands after months of searching, waiting, juggling schedules, and supporting your kiddo through it all.

The report finally comes back to you and it says (more or less):

Unable to determine if this child as dyslexia. Further assessment required.

All that hard work, time, and money for a big question mark? The frustration is understandable, given the lack of transparency in the assessment process.

Parents come to me saying

  • Wait, I thought this assessment was the real deal?

  • Why are they sending us to a different person now?

  • I've already paid a chunk. How much more is this going to cost?

  • I got the report, but what do I do next?

  • The teacher said we need an assessment, but where do we even start?

  • Can you just tell me if my child has Dyslexia?

I realised that all too often parents are being asked to blindly hand over money or rearrange their whole life for an assessment and process that no-one has explained to them.

Here is what I tell them

The assessment process is a bit complicated, here is why

Lack of standardisation

While there is a set criteria for a Specific Learning Difficulty - there isn’t really a standard set of assessments.

Each practitioner can choose the assessments that will help them get the best answers BUT not every profession can do every assessment.

Professional limitations

Collaboration challenges

Knowing when to assess

Yikes. It’s no wonder parents are tearing their hair out trying to figure this all out.

So what are we going to do about it?

My goal is to inform parents and upskill them as much as possible to support their child. Parents are the best advocates for their child, but they are also the most vulnerable to inaccurate and misleading information.

Which is why I put together a little webinar to help parents understand what is going on. The aim is to answer the questions:

  • What is an SLD assessment?

  • Who can do the assessment?

  • Why should we do the assessment?

  • When should I get my child assessed?

  • What can we expect from the process?

  • What is the point of getting assessed? Does it change anything?


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