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SLD Screening

Full diagnostic assessments for Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia are time-consuming, typically taking two half days, and also reasonably costly (refer to Assessment Fees).  In contrast, screening tools are comparatively quick and easy to administer, and will indicate the likelihood of the presence of an SLD.  A screening assessment can act as a standalone appraisal, providing valuable knowledge in its own right, or as a precursor to a more in-depth analysis if desired.

Screening for an SLD in reading (dyslexia)

A screening test will evaluate the likelihood of the presence of dyslexia. Opportunity Knocks uses GL Assessment's Dyslexia Portfolio for this purpose, a tool explicitly designed to identify children who are experiencing difficulties known to be associated with dyslexia. 

The Portfolio measures literacy, memory and processing skills, and is administered in conjunction with a test of general cognitive ability.  Testing takes approximately two hours and yields a 'discrepancy index' score, ranging from 'no signs of dyslexia' to 'severe dyslexia'. This index indicates the degree to which results are similar to those typical of dyslexia.  The summary report also highlights any strengths and weaknesses, important for planning an intervention.   

Screening for an SLD in maths (dyscalculia)

The GL Assessments Dyscalculia Screener is a quick test that distinguishes between those who have poor maths ability and those with dyscalculic tendencies.  It comprises four online activities, and takes 20-30 minutes to administer.  As with the dyslexia screener, easy-to-read reports are generated for both parents and schools.  

Screening for an SLD in writing (dysgraphia)

 A computerised diagnostic screener is not available for dysgraphia, however a number of online questionnaires evaluate the possibility that your child may be experiencing symptoms of dysgraphia.  One such survey can be found at Dysgraphia in Children: Symptoms Test for Learning Disability.  Alternatively, DysTech offer a free phone app that purports to screen for motor dysgraphia.