We always precede our course with an initial screening, using parts of the Aston Index and the Schonell Graded Reading and Spelling Tests. These tests include more target words than many newer tests, and have been chosen for the wide range of reading and spelling techniques they use. This enables greater analysis of the student's methods, traits and difficulties and informs our decisions on how best to tailor the programme to their individual needs. The screening is mainly for the purposes of our programme and tells us:
From the results of the screening, we can exactly tailor our programme to the student’s needs.
The screening usually takes about an hour and is followed by verbal feedback of our findings. If the learning programme is of interest, this can then be demonstrated and tried. In total, about 2 hours should be allowed.
The screenings we carry out are mainly for the purposes of our programme. If a diagnosis and detailed written report is required a fuller type of assessment will need to be carried out by an Educational Psychologist. Their assessment takes much longer and includes IQ or intelligence testing. This type of assessment can be arranged through Dyslexia Action www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk