Generally, around Australia, a diagnosis for a Specific Learning Disability is assessed and diagnosed by an Educational Psychologist. This report can be taken to a paediatrician to help formalise the diagnosis, particularly if there is any co-morbidity with ADHD or ASD.
Alphability provides a thorough assessment of literacy (including phonemic awareness, processing, reading and spelling) and provides a report with results and recommendations for home, school or work.
Numeracy assessments also available.
If your child is struggling at school or at work, with or without a diagnosis of a Specific Learning Disability (such as Dyslexia), and you need help to get the support they need, I can be a voice for you.
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A thorough literacy assessment of key foundational literacy skills is conducted, using the Science of Reading research. This includes phonemic awareness, phonological knowledge, phoneme-grapheme correspondences (letter-sounds), reading and spelling ages, plus a basic investigation of visual and auditory processing. These can help to identify processing challenges or working memory issues, which are often common with people with learning differences.
Each report explains the results from the assessments, draws conclusions on the needs of your child and lists several pages of recommendations for home and school. This report is extremely useful to inform your school on how to support your child, plus can be given to paediatricians or educational psychologists to help with their assessment of your child's needs. If your child is transitioning to a new school or new year, these reports provide great support for an effective transition.
The best result from the assessment and report is seeing changes in the education of your child, including possible inclusion in synthetic phonics based intervention programs at school, such as Multi-Lit and Mac-Lit. This is not always possible, so tutoring with a qualified SLD specialist, such as Alphability, is recommended.
Is the assessment online or face-to-face?
Either. Whichever option works best for your child it can be arranged within the availability of Alphability.
How long does the assessment and report take?
When it is face-to-face, it is usually about 1 hour as we can take mini-breaks. Online, it is often 30-45 minutes at a time to support the child's ability to focus and work online without breaks. The report will be emailed to you within 3 weeks of the assessment session.
When can the assessment appointment happen?
It is best to do the assessment in the morning, when your child is most responsive and not mentally fatigued from school. Currently, there is availability for assessments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Please email to make an enquiry and a booking.
What is the cost of a literacy assessment and report?
The cost covers the hour of my time during the assessment and the 2-3 hours of analysis and report writing completed to provide you with an effective resource to support your child. I consider it an investment of $200 for your child's education and future.
If you or your child are struggling with literacy or numeracy and require tutoring or better support from your school or work place, let me know and I will see how I can help your unique situation