Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents and Those Who Help Them

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Chapter 3
Finding out if my child
is dyslexic

This is one of the most important chapters in this book. Too many children are too late in being identified. Yet it is well known that early intervention is crucial and that early identification is necessary for effective intervention to take place. Parents need to ensure that if they suspect their child is not performing as well as he/she should, then a full and formal assessment should take place as soon as possible. This should be available through the school, but in almost every country – the US, Canada and Europe, New Zealand and Australia and in the Middle East – there are long waiting lists to obtain an assessment from the school psychologist. Many parents opt to go to an independent psychologist and this will be worthwhile if it results in a diagnosis that can accelerate the provision of support for your child. Often schools are instrumental in raising concern and in arranging an assessment, but this is not always the case. It is important that parents know what a full assessment involves, how to obtain one and what one should look for in selecting an assessor and in understanding the assessment report.

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