If your child appears to have a learning difficulty and you suspect that they could be dyslexic you may decide to pay for an independent Educational Assessment to answer your suspicions. An Educational Assessment will give accurate details of a person’s underlying intellectual ability, their learning strengths and difficulties as well as a measure of their attainment in reading, spelling, writing and numeracy. There are many screening tools available on the internet that claim to assess for dyslexia, however, screening tools are only a guide and are not a replacement for a full educational assessment.
Sometimes but not in all cases. Dependant on your child’s difficulties and the circumstances a child may be seen and assessed by a school Educational Psychologist or the Local Authority Special Needs Support Service. These services have limited resources and are often only available to children whose needs are considered severe. In some cases a child may be considered ‘not bad enough’ to be offered additional support in school, or to be assessed. There is also a higher than expected percentage of students who refuse to go to school or who are excluded from school that have learning difficulties. Many of these children have difficulties that have gone unrecognised.
Following an Assessment with A Star Tutors you will receive a full written report. If your child does have a specific learning difficulty the information contained in this report can then be used by teachers and parents to ensure that the teaching and learning needs of your child are met. Early identification and intervention is important when supporting your child’s learning needs. The report will also offer advice on teaching resources and entry points for specific programmes that support home learning.
A Star Tutors are able to provide an Educational Assessment suitable for children from 7 years through to adults. However it is never too later to have a diagnostic assessment. For students at, or about to enter FE/HE level an assessment for either Exam Access Arrangements or the Disabled Students Allowance may be more appropriate, particularly if the student’s needs have been met in school but without a formal Assessment being carried out.