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The Orchard
Lyndhurst Road
Ramsgate,
Kent CT11 8EA
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01843 869357

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Questions about Adult Dyslexia Assessments

Adult Dyslexia Testing What will happen during my assessment?
Will I be able to discuss the results?
Is it hard? Will I be nervous?
Will I be the worst?
Will the Psychologist be very formal, or laugh at me if I make mistakes?
What tests are used and what do they measure?
Can I get a special DSA Assessment for Higher Education?
What will the report consist of?
How will I react if I discover that I am dyslexic?
Will there be any recommendations for examinations?
How can I learn to read and write?
Will anyone be able to answer my questions before I come for the assessment?
Will the report be helpful for further education or for the Disability Discrimination Act?
Motor Development & Speech & Language Assessments

What will happen during my assessment?

A trained Psychologist will give you a series of tests specifically designed to measure your skills and weaknesses in different areas. If a very specific pattern of results emerges from these tests, then the Psychologist will conclude that you have dyslexia another ‘specific learning difficulty’. If this pattern does not emerge, then the Psychologist will look for other reasons for your reading, writing or other difficulties.

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Will I be able to discuss the results?

Yes. At the end of your test period – usually around 2-3 hours – the Psychologist will discuss all your results with you and tell you what they mean.

These are your results and are all about you. You have every right to understand what they mean and how they will affect you.


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Is it hard? Will I be nervous?

The tests are not hard – in fact many people are surprised at how much fun they have during the assessment! You will be nervous – most people are. This is especially true for dyslexics who may have many bad memories of tests at school. This is not a test to ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. It is not like a driving test. It is more like a health check where a doctor needs to find out why you are having a problem so the best help can be given.

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Will I be the worst?

No. It is easy to worry that no one is as bad as you, but reading and writing problems are very common and extremely varied. Remember that around 4% of the population is dyslexic – that means there will be 800 dyslexics at an 0² concert! Did you know that there are more dyslexic people in the world than there are people in the whole of China?

We see many perfectly normal, intelligent people who cannot read or write or spell at all. Others are good at one thing – such as reading – but cannot spell. There are many variations.


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Will the Psychologist be very formal, or laugh at me if I make mistakes?

Absolutely not. All our Psychologists are warm, kind and understanding. Some of them are dyslexic themselves, or have dyslexic children. All of them will take into account that you might feel worried or anxious, and will put you at your ease.

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What tests are used and what do they measure?

The tests are designed to measure your abilities and intelligence. We give closed, psychometric tests that can only be used by highly trained Psychologists and cannot be assessed by the general public (e.g. the Wechsler), as well as tests developed for use by teachers e.g. the Word Reading and Spelling tests, York Adult Assessment and Tests of Word Reading Efficiency).

These tests are specifically developed for use with adults. They will give you an idea of the strengths and weaknesses in your thinking, as well as an accurate assessment of your reading (e.g. understanding and accuracy), spelling (e.g. what types of spelling mistakes you make) and writing (e.g. speed or physical problems in writing).


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Can I get a special DSA Assessment for Higher Education?

Yes. We do recognised Educational Psychology assessments for students at or entering Higher Education. These meet all the requirements for DSA testing and are shortened versions of the full adult assessment.

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What will the report consist of?

The report will be very detailed and will be ten or more pages long. There will be a summary of all the results at the beginning of the report and then all the specific detailed results will be given. They will be given in quite a technical fashion so that any other professional may look at them and recognise the test that was completed and the results.

However, there will be a guide to the report. This will help interpret all the different scoring systems that are used, explain in detail what each of the tests and sub-tests actually measure and provide information on how to interpret what aspects of the report mean.

There will then be a discussion of the results and an interpretation of the results. Finally, there will be recommendations and opinions about the learning difficulties that may or may not be present.


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How will I react if I discover that I am dyslexic?

There are many reactions to this information, but the main one is usually a mixture of relief and happy excitement because there is finally an explanation for all those years of struggle and failure. Some people also feel angry, and others feel bewildered and sad. You may want to talk to someone later after the Psychologist has discussed your results. We can put you in touch with a specialist counsellor who understands how you feel.

They can also advise you on any practical problems such as your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act, and how to get help while studying, or at your place of work. Most good, qualified counsellors and therapists will also be able to help.


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Will there be any recommendations for examinations?

Yes. The results are supervised by a Chartered Educational Psychologist who is both registered with the Health Professional Council and recognised as someone who can undertake exam reports. There may be recommendations for extra time, use of laptops and so on for examinations. Our reports will be able to be used by the school examination boards and will be accepted as evidence of any learning difficulties. We will also be able to advice on revision and other techniques prior to examinations, if that is appropriate.

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How can I learn to read and write?

If you are found to be dyslexic, then you really need specialist help in learning to read and write. We may be able to offer this as part of our service. Many undiagnosed dyslexics have managed to find a way to read, but most find writing and spelling very difficult. Alternatively, the Dyslexia Action and the British Dyslexia Association can help to find you a teacher in your area. The important thing is that your teacher understands how to teach someone with dyslexia. It is not a simple literacy problem, and ordinary teaching may be unhelpful.

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Will anyone be able to answer my questions before I come for the assessment?

Yes. Contact East Court on 01843 869357.W e will help you in any way we can.

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Will the report be helpful for further education or for the Disability Discrimination Act?

Yes. Again, the reports are accepted by Universities, Colleges and employers as evidence of a learning difficulty. With the assessor at the organisation confirming this, it may help in acquiring support at work, higher education or vocational training for the individual concerned.

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Motor Development & Speech & Language Assessments

We can offer Speech & Language Assessments and motor development assessments. We can also undertake for other SpLDs - see the bullet points on our home page.  Normally these can be undertaken at the centre.

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East Court Assessments Limited. Registered No. 7289960
Registered with The Health Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist
(Educational Psychology Registration Number PYL21484)