Testing for Dyslexia


Getting a formal assessment
If you think you have dyslexia please get a formal assessment done. This will help you identify your strengths as well as your weaknesses. You can use this assessment to get the help you need. This may include accommodations in the classroom and for exams.
 
Look on your local dyslexia foundation website to find a professional experienced in dyslexia to help you.
Identify your strengths
When you get tested for dyslexia make sure your assessor identifies your dyslexic strengths.
 
These are areas you have tested above average in. It is important to identify your abilities and to allocate time to nurture your strengths. Make sure you also find ways to keep acquiring knowledge.
 
Remember Dyslexics are particularly creative and good at outside-the-box thinking. Make sure you find ways to help yourself, don’t be a victim.
Talk to your teacher
You (or your parents) may want to discuss with your teacher classroom changes that can help you to learn. This may include sitting at the front of the classroom. Getting hand-outs rather than coping off a board. Letting you work in a distraction free area. Making use of assistive technology. (See my page on Assistive technology)
Accommodations
Dyslexic children can provide unique insights that will enhance learning for all, and providing accommodations for these students will allow them to have the same opportunities to learn as those without dyslexia. With accommodations, dyslexic students can reach their potential.
 
Accommodations include but are not restricted to: Extra time for exams, access to reader writers for exams, use of assistive technology (See my page on assistive technology).