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How is dyslexia diagnosed?

Dyslexia screening

Screening tests are designed to give an indication of possible dyslexic difficulties. They are not a diagnosis.

There are many different types of screening tests; in an education setting some are delivered by computer, others need to be administered by a teacher/SENCo. Some just give an estimate as to whether the child/person is likely to have dyslexic difficulties. A few offer a more detailed profile of strengths and weaknesses, which help inform an appropriate teaching strategy.

Where any screening test indicates a moderate or high probability of dyslexic difficulties, the best course of action is to follow up with a full diagnostic assessment. This would determine the precise nature of dyslexia and related difficulties.

Find out more about Diagnostic Assessments on the BDA Assessment webpage.

Online screening tools

There are lots of online screening tools available.