You might be thinking about a dyslexia assessment.
- I conduct assessments for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).
- You are the parent or carer of a child who might be dyslexic and wish to find the best way to help them.
- You are an employer and think that one of your employees might be dyslexic and wish to have them assessed so that you can find the best way to help them.
- You are taking professional examinations and need a report in order to make special arrangements such as extra time for your examinations.
* Assessment Practising Certificate validity can be verified sasc.org.uk/Assessors.aspx (link doesn’t exist) by typing in the surname of the assessor – in my case Colledge.
What happens before an assessment?
You will be emailed questionnaires to complete (parent or carer to compete in the case of children) which you should return promptly. If there is no evidence of eyesight difficulties, we can make a date for your assessment. You will need to print it out, fill out as much as you can, and bring it with you on the day of your assessment.
You or your child must provide proof of a recent eye test (within the last two years).
Parents / carers are also asked to bring copies of recent school reports and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) if you have them.
The questionnaire will ask questions about your early development, educational experiences, your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t worry if you cannot answer all the questions, that is quite normal.
If you are already studying it is helpful if you bring some marked work with you, or at least think about the comments that your lecturers have made about how you could improve.
What happens during an assessment?
You should allow three – five hours for an assessment.
Breaks can be taken at any time; it is important that you are comfortable.
We start by discussing your responses to the questionnaire that you will have filled out and brought with you. Following that we will discuss what you find easy and difficult, and if English is not your first language we will need to spend a little time comparing any difficulties in your first language with your difficulties with English.
After that we will undertake some tasks that help to identify your strengths and weakness. You will not be surprised to find out that you will be asked to read, write and spell as part of this. Don’t worry about that – you only need to do your best and remember that everyone is good at some things but maybe not at others.
We also test your cognitive skills: short term memory, your awareness of sounds in English, and your speed of processing print. As the assessment progresses different tasks will be selected in order to help make a diagnosis.
You will pay the agreed fee by bank transfer/cheque/cash.
What happens after an assessment?
I will email you a draft report. This should usually be within a maximum 10 days. You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss anything you do not understand or point out typos. You will then be sent the final report, usually within a week.
Marion Colledge Dyslexia Assessments and Study Support – Fees January 2023
- Full diagnostic assessment for disabled student allowance (post 16 self-supporting) £450 (Adjustment in fee may be made if on benefits. If university is paying, the university’s rate will be accepted).
- Full diagnostic assessment for workplace paid for by company From £600.
- Assessment of children (from age 8) for parent £570 (Adjustment in fee may be made for those on benefits).
- Any assessment at weekend £100 extra.
- Any assessment on a bank holiday double usual fee
- Assessments required urgently, ie. within less than one week, may be charged extra.
- Additional appropriate travel time will be charged for, eg. Extra fee of £50.00 will apply for assessment 6-25 miles away from assessor’s base.
Questions about an assessment
If you would like to ask a question, find out more or book an assessment please either email me or call on 07702 855664 or on 01234 352645.