Dyslexia Testing: A Guide

Does my child, partner, friend or work colleague have a disability of some kind? What sort of testing and assessing can be performed to determine if someone has a problem and if so to what extent? I do not have all the answers but the following steps may provide a guide to help address these issues.

  1. First check for any physical disabilities affecting, for example, eyesight and hearing.
  2. Know and understand the characteristic symptoms and weaknesses associated with learning difficulties. The relevant sections outlined in this website and in detail in the forthcoming book 'The Dyslexic - An Extraordinary Learner' should serve as a useful guide. Otherwise, search for additional information on other websites, through books and also publications produced by associations and societies.
  3. Gather as much information as possible by looking for any symptoms, and make notes of any distinguishing features; see the Questionnaire which can be used as a guide. If possible this information should be gathered from both the individual being tested and the person doing the testing. Analyse the information and decide whether any further investigation is required. If so then go to the next stage.
  4. Perform specific tests to check for the existence of, and to confirm, any particular language weaknesses. These are basic tests that can be made up and performed by anyone; see  Home Tests for some ideas. For further and professional testing go to the next stage.
  5. Seek expert help from professionals who will perform various specific tests using the latest techniques.
  6. Seek a second opinion from another professional, if not satisfied with the initial help.