support and solution
The Dyslexia Association is the first Australian Association to recognise a non-phonics (or non linguistic) solution.
Dyslexia Screening Test (DST) Ages 7 -12
Dyslexia screening is a profiling aid, which indicates if dyslexia could be present, or is a risk factor.
Our test administrators consist of professional Educational Consultants, and Registered Teachers whose qualifications have been approved by ‘Pearsons Australia’ (not an Association) and accredited to administer the assessment.
The Dyslexia Association refers to Educational Consultants that meet these requirements.
An assessment with our consulting Educational Consultant will incur a fee and includes a report with recommendations for school and home.
Service available in Melbourne, Rockingham WA and Sydney.
Educational Assessment/Diagnostic Assessment Ages 7 to Adult
This assessment is conducted by Health professionals who tend to be a Registered Psychologist usually with a background in education.
The Dyslexia Association refers to our consults with our Psychologist who is backed by a team of Health Care professionals.
An assessment through our consulting Psychologist will incur a fee and includes a report with recommendations for home and school.
Service available Australia wide.
The difference between the two services as follows:
- A DST is an at risk assessment, not a diagnosis, performed by an experienced teacher with a background in working with dyslexic students. The DST does not assess for other co-existing learning difficulties.
At risk assessment for:
- The Educational Assessment, is referred to our consulting Psychologist. This full diagnostic assessment will look for other co-exiting learning disorders and, if criteria is met, leads to a diagnosis rather than a risk assessment.
Full diagnostic assessment includes assessing for:
- Reading Disorder (Dyslexia)
- Written Expression Disorder (spelling, punctuation/grammar and copying speed)
- Math Disorder
Note: Screening, Pre-Screening or Pre-testing or profiling are tools used as a first step and should not be considered as an answer or formal assessment of a students’ learning difficulties. Normally, these assessments look only at reading and not the other Learning Disabilities or disorders.
The Dyslexia Association supports a Multi-Sensory Dyslexia program that allows the individual to develop their strengths without exploiting their weakness. This sort of program will include but not be limited to:
- Experiential, visual and kinesthetic approach (multi-sensory) to reading
- Non-phonics (non-linguistic/language) based approach to reading that develops visual and auditory encoding skills
- A positive approach which provides gentle guidance to encourage positive attitudes to learning and life situations
- A respectful approach to rebuild self esteem by valuing the visual learning style of the individual and understanding the experiences of the individual
- A program that can address the conditions that can co-exist such as dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD
- Professional Membership with The Dyslexia Association and a licensing facility
All professional members accepted and recommended by The Dyslexia Association meet the above criteria. Click here for contact details
Recommendations can be made by The Dyslexia Association to a professional however it is up to the individual to make an informed decision as to the help they ultimately commit to.