If you suspect that your child may have dyslexia and would benefit from additional support, you should initially consult your child's teacher or your school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) to discuss your concerns.
The SENCo may carry out screening tests to find out more about your child's strengths and weaknesses to see how best they can be supported in the classroom.
A school doesn't need a formal diagnosis to put support in place for your child, and a lack of diagnosis should not delay them in providing appropriate support and interventions. However, a Diagnostic Assessment can be helpful to ensure that the right interventions are put in place.
Dyslexia can only be formally diagnosed using a Diagnostic Assessment, which a certified dyslexia assessor can carry out. This assessment will confirm if your child has dyslexia or not. You will receive a report detailing your child’ strengths and weaknesses and giving you a better idea the cognitive profile of your child and how you can best support them.
The aim of the assessment is to understand your child's style of learning or working and what does and doesn't work for them, to collect information about reading, spelling and writing skills, to identify whether there is an apparent discrepancy between the general level of ability, and reading and writing attainment, to consider other factors which may be affecting learning, to identify whether any reasonable adjustments will need to be made for your child to access the curriculum and exams fully.
Through consultation with your school SENCo, these assessments can either be requested by the school directly or can be arranged and paid for privately.