Dyslexia Assessment for Children and Adults

What is Dyslexia?

 

Dyslexia Assessment is a form of Specific Learning Disability characterized by difficulties with reading and spelling. More specifically, individuals with dyslexia have problems with converting individual letter symbols to their appropriate sound (decoding) and converting sounds to their correct written symbols (spelling).

What is a Dyslexia Assessment?

 

At Northshore Kidspace we offer testing to determine if a child has Dyslexia. We do this by using a standardized set of tests known as a Psychometric Assessment. We do tests of a child’s intelligence, and we also do tests of a child’s academic achievement. We can then compare the test results to compare the child’s intelligence and potential, to their academic achievement or current ability. We can identify areas of academic strength and weakness. We offer assessment for children aged 6 to 16.

What Tests do we use?

 

The first set of tests we conduct in an comprehensive assessment are tests of Intelligence. For children aged 6-16 we used the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for children (WISC) and for adults over the age of 16 we use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for adults (WAIS). The WISC and the WAIS are considered very high quality and reliable tests of Intelligence.

At Northshore Kidspace, we assess an individual’s achievement or ability using the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Second Edition (WIAT). This test can accurately determine the academic ability of a child in different academic domains, such as Maths, Reading and other areas. The WIAT can be used to assess individuals from ages 4 to 50 and is considered to be a very high quality and reliable tests of academic ability.

Our Dyslexia Assessment Process

 

The process of having an Intellectual Assessment with us involves 5 stages:

  1. Consultation with one of our psychologists. Our psychologist will conduct a one-hour initial interview with you and your child to gather all relevant background information.
     

  2. Completing the Academic Assessment (WIAT). Our psychologist will administer the test directly with you or your child. Two-hours is provided for administration of the WIAT, however completion times vary depending on the individual test-taker.
     

  3. Completing the Intelligence Assessment (WISC or WAIS). Our psychologist will sit with you or your child to administer the test. Again, two-hours is provided for administration of the WISC or WAIS, however completion times can vary.
     

  4. Once the assessment is complete our psychologist will write a report that includes a summary of standardized test results, along with specific clinical interpretations and recommendations.
     

  5. Our psychologist will meet with you for a one-hour discussion session to discuss the results of the IQ and Academic test and the report.