|As a Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist,
Deborah R. Campbell, M.A., CCC-SLP is one of the very few professionals in the State of Florida who can diagnose
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia explains
the criteria and process of testing a child:
"A Dyslexia Testing Specialist must have enough evidence of dyslexia ahead of time to justify
putting a child through the testing process."
- The tester will meet with the parents for at least two hours to gather a complete genetic, developmental and educational history on the child. The tester will want copies of the child’s
report cards, as well as reports from any other testing that may have already been done. He’ll also want to know if
the child has received any type of tutoring or speech therapy.
- The tester will
also ask to see samples of recent school work to see if it contains the classic mistakes that people with dyslexia make.
- As a last
step, the tester will ask what the child is really good at, because dyslexia is an unusual combination of both strengths and weaknesses. So the tester will want to find out if a child’s strengths and
gifted areas also match the dyslexia pattern.
- If the tester uncovers any issues
during the interview that are not related
to dyslexia or ADD, the tester should stop the process and refer the parent to a neuropsychologist for a complete evaluation.
Only if there is enough indirect evidence of dyslexia at
the end of the parent interview would a professional tester agree to test the child.
Parents, please be aware that using the right tests is only half the
battle. A person who is not an expert in dyslexia may give the right tests but may not know how to correctly interpret the results. That’s
why testing should be done by a professional who is an expert in dyslexia, and who has also received intense, specialized
training in how to accurately give and score the tests, and to interpret the results.
Unfortunately, most school psychologists have not had
that type of training. To find out, ask them this question: “What specialized training have you completed that qualifies
you to test a child for dyslexia?”
a Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist, Deborah has the specialized training and expertise to properly diagnose (and treat)
questions about the testing process, please contact Deborah:
Deborah R. Campbell, Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist
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