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Assessment in Queensland

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Dyslexia Australia offers three services:    Assessments by an independent registered Psychologist for ages 7-adult; Pre-screening* for children age 8-12 (offered in Brisbane); Dyslexia Educational Therapy Program for clients 8 years and older.  Dyslexia Australia is committed to offering reasonable assessments fees - see below for details.

 

Characteristics of Dyslexics

The following list are some of the characteristic traits and behaviours that a dyslexic child will exhibit. The symptoms can vary from day to day, minute to minute. The most consistent things about these traits is the inconsistency – one day the symptom is present the next it is not.

Look at the following list and see how you shape up! You may be surprised. Contact Dyslexia Australia if you recognize 12 or more symptoms - On-line form - click here. This assessment is not intended to be a conclusive diagnosis of dyslexia, but a first-step to assist a parent or teacher to resources or Specialist help of their choice.  Dyslexia Australia offers assessments, including screening for dyslexia, by an independent, qualified and registered psychologist.

 

 

Generally

Family history of learning problems

Isn't behind enough to be helped in the school setting

Test well orally, but not in written tests

Not reading at age level but appears bright/intelligent

Displays behaviours to cover problem (class clown, disruptive, teacher's pet, quiet)

Labeled as lazy, dumb, careless, immature, or "not trying hard enough"

Easily frustrated and emotional about school, reading or testing.

Talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.

Difficulty maintaining attention; loses track of time, seems "hyper"

Learns best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, observation, and visual aids.

Has difficulty with math

Poor short term or working memory

Poor memory for sequences, facts and information that has not been experienced.

Seems to "Zone out" or daydream often

Excellent memory for experiences

Visual learner. Thinks primarily in pictures not in sound

Difficulty putting thoughts into words verbally or in writing

Mispronounces or transposes words

Confused by verbal explanations

Clumsy

Feels dumb

   
 

Reading

Initially had trouble or still has trouble with sight words (eg was, what, is, the)

Difficulty catching on to phonics or sounding out words

Lacks awareness of the sounds in words, rhymes or sequences of syllables (eg what is the last sound in the words "what", "action", "fun")

Tends to confuse words that look alike (eg was/saw, for/from, who, how, house/home)

Reads and rereads with little comprehension

Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words

Uses the pictures or context of the story for cues

Difficulty decoding unfamiliar words

Tends to lose his/her place when reading (tracking problem)

Mis-reads or omits small words (for, of, with an, it) and word endings (-ing, -ed, -ly, -s)

Mistakes and symptoms increase dramatically with confusion, time pressure and emotional distress, or poor health

Can do math but has difficulty with word problems

Confuses words with similar spelling (slat/salt, slime/smile)

 

Vision and Spelling

Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading

Confused by letters, numbers, and/or words

Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying

Seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exam doesn't reveal a problem or diagnosed with tracking problem

Spells phonetically and inconsistently

Trouble copying from classroom board

  Fees and Structure of assessments in Brisbane (services can be provided in other areas should there be a demand):

Option 1:  A full comprehensive cognitive and dyslexia assessment.  The assessment is administered by an independent licensed Psychologist.  The fee includes a report with recommendations.  This assessment would be appropriate for adults or children in private school.
Cost:  $620.00 Please contact us to make an appointment.

Option 2: an abbreviated cognitive assessment which includes assessing for dyslexia.  All reports are finalised by an Independent qualified Psychologist.  The fee includes a report with recommendations.  This would be appropriate for children in state schools.
Costs:  $480.00.  P
lease contact us to make an appointment.

Pre-screening:  a face to face consultation which looks at symptoms of dyslexia but not does not diagnose or issue a report.  The would be appropriate for children in state schools aged between 8-12 year old.   This service is currently offered in Brisbane only - conditions apply. Cost $150.00. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Currently, our assessment service is only offered in Brisbane and the Gold Coast however, we have received many requests for other areas and will be happy to provide service when we have sufficient numbers.  Please contact us to register interest.

The Dyslexia Education Therapy Program is provided one-on-one in our office in Springwood (near Brisbane) or a mobile service is provided for clients in other areas of Queensland, Northern NSW, Canberra and other regional areas. Please contact us for details.

Related Learning Disabilities

The following related categories which can be addressed through Dyslexia Australia:

 Developmental Letter position dyslexia/disorder

The cardinal symptom of letter position dyslexia is the migration of letters within the word (reading slime as ‘smile’; pirates as ‘parties’). These migration errors occur in reading aloud as well as in tasks of silent reading.

Central Auditory Processing Disorder(CAPD)/Auditory Processing

This term is being increasingly used to describe individuals who have problems with listening, either in distinguishing sounds in their language or in comprehending the words they hear.

People with CAPD may have trouble understanding what they hear, acting on it quickly, remembering it for a short or long time, and formulating a verbal response

An example of the disorder:

A child that is told “Do not step in the puddle” may hear “Step in the puddle".

This is due to the dyslexic not hearing the words “Do” and “not”.. Unfortunately, this results in the child being misunderstood and labeled with a behavioural problem such as “oppositional defiance disorder”.

Perceptual/Visual Difficulties

  • Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading.
  • Confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations.
  • Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words.
  • Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying.
  • Seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exams don't reveal a problem.
  • Extremely keen sighted and observant, or lacks depth perception and peripheral vision.
  • Reads and rereads with little comprehension.

Dysgraphia

This is a difficulty in writing and graphing. It generally refers to extremely poor handwriting.

People with dysgraphia may display the following signs:

  • May exhibit strong verbal but particularly poor writing skills.
  • Random (or non-existent) punctuation.
  • Generally illegible writing, despite appropriate time and attention given the task.
  • Inconsistencies: mixtures of print and cursive, upper and lower case.
  • Irregular sizes, shapes or slant of letters.
  • Unfinished words or letters, omitted words.
  • Inconsistent position on page with respect to lines and margins and inconsistent spaces between words and letters.
  • Cramped or unusual grip, especially holding the writing instrument very close to the paper, or holding thumb over two fingers and writing from the wrist.
  • Talking to self while writing, or carefully watching the hand that is writing.
  • Slow or laboured copying or writing - even if it is neat and legible.

Dyspraxia

A dyspraxic person has balance and co-ordination problems. They will show several of the symptoms below:

  • Shows up as "clumsiness" caused by motor difficulties caused by perceptual problems, especially visual-motor and kinesthetic-motor difficulties.
  • Prone to accidents, may fall a lot, bump into furniture.
  • Poor hand-eye, foot-eye coordination.
  • Slow and poor at dressing, unable to tie shoelaces, do up buttons etc.
  • Speech and language difficulties.
  • Difficulty in holding a pen properly.
  • Poor writing and drawing abilities.
  • Reading and spelling difficulties.
  • Walk awkwardly.
  • Confused about which hand to use.
  • Difficulties throwing or catching a ball.
  • Poor short term memory, they often forget tasks learned the previous day.
  • Reading and writing difficulties.
  • Cannot hold a pen or pencil properly.
  • Cannot hop, skip or ride a bike.
  • Cannot answer simple questions even though they know the answers.
  • Speech problems, slow to learn to speak or speech may be incoherent.

Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is when there are problems with maths - counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

The following are some of the common characteristics of people with dyscalculia:

When writing, reading and recalling numbers, these are some of the common mistakes made:

  • Number additions, substitutions, transpositions, omissions, and reversals.
  • Inability to grasp and remember math concepts, rules, formulas, and sequence.
  • Gets lost or disoriented easily. May have a poor sense of direction, lose things often, and seem absent minded.
  • Difficulty remembering dance step sequences, rules for playing sports.
  • Difficulty with the abstract concepts of time and direction.
  • Difficulty with time management, schedules, and sequences of past or future events.
  • Unable to keep track of time. May be chronically late.
  • Inconsistent results in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Poor mental math ability.

Dysphonetia/Dyseidesia

 

ADD/ADHD

People with ADD/ADHD display problems with hyperactivity, hypoactivity, inability to focus, difficulty staying on task, and inappropriate social behaviours.

The most common features include:

  • Hyperactivity (excessive activity and physical restlessness)
  • Distractibility (poor sustained attention to tasks)
  • Impulsivity (impaired impulse control and delay of gratification)

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