- I think my child may be dyslexic.
- Can I go to my GP to get my child assessed for dyslexia?
- My school refuses to arrange for my child to be assessed for dyslexia.
- My school tells me that they have done a test in school.
- Are there specialist schools for dyslexic children?
- My child has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. How can I explain this to him/her?
- What can I do to help my child at home?
- I have heard that coloured overlays can help dyslexic children.
- What help can a dyslexic pupil be offered for tests and exams?
- Is it possible for someone who is dyslexic to learn a foreign language?
Q1. I think my child may be dyslexic,
Ask the school secretary for a copy of the school’s information report and special needs policy, then 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.
Q2. Can I go to my GP to get my child assessed for dyslexia?
Sadly no, dyslexia assessments are not funded by the NHS.
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 Accreditation Department of the British Dyslexia Association on email@example.com for a list of qualified assessors in your region.
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/).
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.
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 www.crested.org.uk.
Q6. How can I explain dyslexia to my child
There are books which you can read to a child to explain dyslexia. A list of these books can be found on the Resources for Parents page.
Q7. What can I do to help my child at home?
There are numerous resources to help you. For suggestions for supporting pre-school children, please see our information sheet: Early Help, Better Future. You could also visit our Homework Tips section.
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.
Q9. What help can a dyslexic pupil be offered for tests and exams?
See Access Arrangements.
Dyslexia specialists generally agree that dyslexic children should be given an opportunity to learn a foreign language. It is likely that many dyslexic children will enjoy an active learning opportunity which focuses on multisensory language learning and involves a lot of role play, games, singing and other group activities. While it is acknowledged that some dyslexic children are only likely to achieve limited competence in a foreign language, it is important to acknowledge that the opportunity to participate in communicative activities brings additional benefits such as enhanced social development. The language classroom will inevitably broaden students’ horizons as their awareness of other cultures and communities develops.
Dyslexic pupils learning a foreign language have to be aware that it may be a longer process for them than for others. It is also important to consider the suitability of different languages.