Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I think my child may be dyslexic.
  2. Can I go to my GP to get my child assessed for dyslexia?
  3. My school refuses to arrange for my child to be assessed for dyslexia.
  4. My school tells me that they have done a test in school.
  5. Are there specialist schools for dyslexic children?
  6. My child has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. How can I explain this to him/her?
  7. What can I do to help my child at home?
  8. I have heard that coloured overlays can help dyslexic children.
  9. What help can a dyslexic pupil be offered for tests and exams?

Q1. I think my child may be dyslexic,

Ask the school secretary for a copy of the school’s SEN policy  and make an appointment to talk to the class teacher.  A family history would be a strong indicator, and other indicators as listed on: Indications of Dyslexia and Getting Help for Your Child pages. (Return to top)


Q2. Can I go to my GP to get my child assessed for dyslexia?

Sadly no, dyslexia assessments are not funded by the NHS. (Return to top)


Q3. My school say my child is too young to be assessed.

As soon as difficulties become apparent, and particularly where a child is becoming distressed or showing behavioural problems, an assessment should be considered. Intervention at a young age is always recommended to enable the child to fully access the curriculum.  Contact your nearest Dyslexia Association for advice and for information about assessments.

A Specialist Dyslexia Teacher/Assessor with a current Practicing Certificate is qualified to carry out assessments (£300-400). Contact the Professional Association of Specialist Teachers, PATOSS, Tel. 01386 712 650 or visit thier website at: https://www.patoss-dyslexia.org/

Contact the British Psychological Society for recommendations of independent Educational Psychologists specialising in specific learning difficulties: www.bps.org.uk (£450 +).  Check that they have current HCPC registration. (http://www.hcpc-uk.org.uk/aboutregistration/theregister/). (Return to top)


Q4. My school tells me that they have done a test in school.

Tests conducted in school, might only be screening tests.  These can indicate dyslexic tendencies but may not be totally reliable. (Return to top)


Q5. Are there specialist schools for dyslexic children?

The Local Authority should have a list of specialist schools. Specialist independent schools supporting dyslexic pupils can be found on http://www.crested.org.uk. (Return to top)


Q6. How can I explain dyslexia to my child

There are books which you can read to a child to explain dyslexia, please follow this link to download Books on Dyslexia or visit the Additional Resources for Parents page. (Return to top)


Q7. What can I do to help my child at home?

There are numerous resources to help you. For suggestions see our information sheet Helping Your Child at Home. You would also find our sheet on Homework Tips a useful resource. (Return to top)


Q8. I have heard that coloured overlays can help dyslexic children.

Coloured filters, either as overlays or glasses with coloured tinted lenses can be helpful. Follow this link to the BDA store. For information on eyes and dyslexia and specialist practitioners, see Eyes and Dyslexia. (Return to top)


Q9. What help can a dyslexic pupil be offered for tests and exams?

See Access Arrangements. (Return to top)