The talent and potential in a person should be something they can tap into for their betterment. When there are obstacles that come between you and your goals, then there is need to be assessed to find out what the problem is. A dyslexia test will tell you whether that learning problem is just a little nervousness or a condition that you need to get help for. A dyslexia test is not done in the lab and doesn’t only contain a bunch of questions that require yes or no answers. A test for dyslexia or any other kind of learning or language disability is a comprehensive evaluation of your abilities in the following fields;
· Fluency when you read
· Phonological awareness (which includes things like rapid automatic naming)
· Oral language
· Your understanding when you read
The test can only be conducted by a certified specialist who is well equipped with knowledge about language, speech, reading, writing development and spelling. A private psychologist or one found at the school should be fit to carry out such an evaluation. You can also go for a learning disabilities specialist.
It is important that you know what the test entails so that you can better prepared to handle what is hindering your child’s learning abilities.
How do you test for dyslexia?
A question often asked but one that does not have a direct answer.A series of examinations are carried out to check for different aspects of the disorder and the results are assessed to come up with a diagnosis. Below are the tests that are commonly used for this purpose.
These are meant to check for behavioral symptoms that are red flags for dyslexic problems and can be found on the internet. They have no way of analyzing a person’s dyslexic profile-which may vary greatly, if you take into account the nature of difficulties and difference in severity. The biggest set-back, however, is that even people without dyslexia can find themselves checking a lot of boxes. When used in isolation an awful lot of them can be misleading. On their own, they cannot be depended on to give a conclusive result as to whether you are dyslexic or not. Such should be taken with watchfulness.
Such tests show the extent of an individual’s dyslexia, indicating it as low, medium or high. The screening tool helps the assessor to weigh up the child’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of their cognitive functions. Screening tests also help identify the child’s preferred learning style and their learning differences so that new strategies to use for teaching and learning can be devised. These tests are also available online and can be used, to a great extent, to find out whether the child has more serious problems. They too cannot be fully depended on to give a final assessment. There is no screening test that is 100% dependable; a few false positives and negatives may come up during the test. For instance, if the child’s dyslexia is mild and has been well compensated, it may not be flagged up by the test. However, if by taking both tests the results seem to point towards the condition, then a full diagnostic assessment is in order.
Full diagnostic assessment
A full assessment can be carried out by a certified psychologist and is thus the surest way to tell whether you really have dyslexia or not. Such a psychologist has the capability to identify other conditions that may be related to dyslexia such as;
· Dyspraxia and
· Attention deficit disorder
The assessment and results are analyzed so that the psychologist can help you chart the way forward. For such test there are occupational and educational psychologist who are well versed with the whole process, but every once in a while you may find a clinical psychologist who can carry out a dyslexia assessment just as well.
Dyslexia in Adults
Sometimes you may think you are exhibiting behavior that makes you go “am I dyslexic.” The bad news is that it is just as common in adults as it is in children so the question to that may unfortunately be yes. Here are a few of the most common things to look out for if you have any doubts about it;
· Do you find it difficult to read unfamiliar fonts?
· Do you avoid reading out loud and public speaking?
· Do you think you read better silently?
· Have you come up with tricks to compensate for spelling difficulties or confusing homonyms?
· Do you find yourself having to re-read sentences in order to comprehend a piece of writing?
· Does you level of understanding fluctuate according to the subject matter?
If you find that your answers to these six simple questions keep turning up as ‘yes’, then it’s probably what you think it is. Previously undetected dyslexic problems may cause serious performance issues that come with a ton of stress. Once you have been checked and have established said condition as the problem, then the best thing to do is see HR with the problem. There is no need to worry about different treatment because there is an Equality Act to protect employees from discriminatory treatment from their employers.
Having to deal with a condition that jeopardizes your intellectual capabilities can really cause your self-esteem to dip. In today’s world people are constantly being pushed to show how much they can give and keep giving better and better. But dyslexia should not be the reason your full potential stays locked away. Even the guy who came up with the single equation that made all physicists change the way they thought about energy had it; yes Albert Einstein had dyslexia too! And there are numerous other notable figures that had the condition and still went on to do great things-Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Michael Faraday, Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Cruise all had it and look at what they did with themselves! Keep in mind that tests have been designed to help your loved one cope better or obtain help when it counts.