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How Dyslexia Is Diagnosed

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This topic contains 2 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Giavanna DeMarco 9 months, 1 week ago.

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    admin
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    The only way to know for sure if your child has dyslexia is to have her fully evaluated, either at school or privately. School evaluations are free. Having a diagnosis (schools call it an identification) can allow your child to get supports and services at school. That includes specialized instruction in reading. Learn more about the difference between a school identification and a clinical diagnosis.

    Before you go for the evaluation, however, it’s important to rule out any medical problems that might be at play. Your child’s doctor can check for vision or hearing problems.

    There a few types of professionals who can assess kids for dyslexia. These include school psychologists, clinical psychologists and pediatric neuropsychologists.

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    Abigail MILLER
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    A psychologist will also look for other issues that might be getting in the way of her learning. These include ADHD and mental health issues. ADHD often co-occurs with dyslexia. Some kids with learning and attention issues may also have anxiety or depression. You may be asked for a family history. You may also be asked to fill out questionnaires about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. And your child’s teachers may be asked to provide information on what they’re seeing in the classroom.

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    Giavanna DeMarco
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    The best way to get a diagnosis is to see a neuropsychologist that specializes in diagnosing learning differences. Any psychologist will not provide the same accuracy as a neuropsychologist, and they will certainly not be able to give any guidance when it comes to a plan of action in how to find success in spite of a learning difference. However, how does one find the most accurate and qualified neuropsychologist? On this website, one can look under the testing center tab at the top of the webpage to find a neuropsychologist that is right for them, and in their area.

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