From dyslexic jokes to the many documented strengths recently touted in research and the media, having the learning disability, dyslexia has become a “cool” badge that many now proudly display. Because of this recent change of heart, people are continually disclosing to me that they are a self-diagnosed dyslexic that slipped through the system. Additionally, parents are now openly embracing this label, and with a formal diagnosis in hand, students can receive “reasonable accommodations” that can help them to actualize their true potential. If you've wondered if you or your child may have dyslexia, you may also wonder what you should do first.
The Steps to Determine a Diagnosis of Dyslexia and Acquiring Accommodations
- The first step: Use my dyslexia screener. This quick, free, 20-question evaluation can be administered and scored by a parent/guardian, teacher, or taken by the individual who may have dyslexia. This will help to determine whether there is enough symptomology to warrant formal testing.
- The second step: Pursue formal testing at your local school for students 18 and under. For older individuals or testing outside the school system, one can find a local professional that can administer the needed tests. One place to find these professionals is through the International Dyslexia Association provider directory. If the individual in question does not require educational or workplace accommodations of any kind, then the Good Sensory Learning Dyslexia Screener can be used as an informal evaluation.
- The third step: After a formal diagnosis has been determined and properly documented, one may contact their local school or workplace and request a meeting to determine “reasonable accommodations.”
The Free Good Sensory Learning Dyslexia Screener
I created the Good Sensory Learning Dyslexia Screener based on my comprehensive, doctoral training, an extensive literature review, and over 25 years working one to one with dyslexic learners. This 20-question screener offers a simple, Likert scale that addresses all the common symptoms. It is an informal evaluation and is best used to indicate whether formal testing should be pursued. CLICK HERE to download your free copy today.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn, Learning Specialist Courses, and My Memory Mentor.
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