Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties in children but can, in turn, cause low self-esteem, lack of confidence and sometimes leads to behavioural problems.
Our Dyslexia assessments will give you a qualified diagnosis and full report of strengths and weaknesses, along with a recommended support and learning programme tailored to your child’s specific needs. A diagnosis can be daunting for both parent and child, so our team are committed to providing ongoing support and advice to help manage the learning journey together.
Everyone is different when it comes to assessments for dyslexia, so there’s no absolute answer to this, but on average you can expect it to last 3-4 hours. We will take several breaks during the process, and we recommend that you bring lunch with you, although some snacks and refreshments will be available.
On some occasions we may request that you return for a follow-up additional test which would be much shorter in length.
The wait time for dyslexia assessments can vary, and we occasionally have some late availability, please contact us and we recommend that you don’t delay so that you can get your preferred date.
While our assessors can sometimes get a general feel for what an outcome may look like, it’s not possible to give any indications on the day. To see the full picture we must wait until all the assessments have been reviewed and scored, and this worked in with the unique history of the person being assessed.
Following this the basis of your individually written report begins. This is a process that cannot be templated as everyone is unique with their outcomes and onward recommendations – so we normally say this part of the process will take around 4 weeks.
Dyslexic traits can be identifiable in children as young as 5-6 years. Should children continue to show difficulty with reading, spelling and writing at age 8, then a formal dyslexia assessment should be considered. In light of the pandemic and the missed schooling that many children experienced, in our professional opinion we have increased the age from 7 to 8 in order that the results are accurate. We believe that any younger than this it may not give a true reflection of your child.
There is no upper age limit for dyslexia testing, and we regularly assess adults who are significantly through their adult life and careers, from all walks of life. Indeed for many adults it can be a very emotional and useful process to go through, shining a light on prior struggles and helping answer questions they have had their whole life.
We have easy payment methods to suit everyone, from bank transfer, to credit & debit card or even spread your cost over four payments by Direct Debit.
Your assessment date is secured once you have either paid a deposit or the full amount.
In the event that the results of the assessment are inconclusive, we may invite you back for some additional tests, but this does not apply to everyone.
If this is not the correct course of action, or the assessment indicates that you are not dyslexic, we’ll discuss with you what the outcome means, and in your report there will still be some guidance as to what can be done to assist with your specific needs. For children there is some further options available, which can include accessing our specialist alternative provision on a part-time basis during the normal school week, you can read more about this here.
Receiving a positive result that dyslexia has been identified can be an emotional time, but overall people find it a liberating experience, and with the right direction and help, dyslexia can be an extra string to your bow.
Included in your report will be strategies that you can use to assist in your day to day life, and assist in learning environments. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.
For children we offer access to our Toucan Hub, this is what’s know as an alternative provision, where children spend part of their normal school week with our specialist teachers. This does carry a cost, but we can also accept childcare vouchers which can help offset this.
Your dyslexia test will be carried out by one of Toucan Education’s dyslexia specialists who are trained in this speciality and have continual professional development in order to maintain the highest standards.
If you need an educational psychologist to deliver your test due to a specific legal requirement, these are available at a higher cost of £650. Please be aware that the wait time for assessments by educational psychologist can be longer. Unless you have a specific requirement to use one, we feel that most people will benefit more by assessed by one of our dyslexia specialists.
Yes! Our diagnostic dyslexia assessment results can be used to give you extra time in exams. Please speak with us about this to get further information and to ensure suitability.
Pre-assessment screening call for adults and pre-assessment screening questionnaire for children where applicable
Assessment carried out at our dedicated hub, school, workplace or virtually (10+ only)
Additional follow-up tests if required
Easy to understand full written diagnostic report
Feedback call to discuss if needed
Suggestions and strategies irrespective of the result
Feedback given to schools or employers if requested
Ongoing email support and advice
“We have worked with Toucan Education for over a year now. Philippa has screened and profiled over 10 children for us. We have always found her to be professional and thorough in her assessments with an appropriate manner for the children. Feedback to the parents has been excellent. The training given to TA’s and programmes left for them to deliver have allowed some of our pupils with the most profound reading difficulties to make progress.“
“I am feeling relieved with the outcome, it feels like finally being understood. Thank you very much for your kind words in the confirmation of diagnostic decision, it really warmed my heart. Also thank you for your time and professionalism.“
“Thank you so much for today, we are both relieved today to understand ourselves more and the paths we have taken in life and why we get so tired because we work so hard and others make it look easy . ***** was over the
moon and we are both so interested to know what we are good at and our difficulties.
Thanks again for your time, patience and
making it pain free , I enjoyed it !! Spend all my time dealing with other people’s struggles so nice to look at my own for once. You are lovely and so calming“
“Thank you so much Philippa. Wehave both read through the report a few times and couldn’t agree more with
everything that’s written. I feel like it was definitely the right decision to get it done and the right timing. It’ll give her the best chance to succeed now. I don’t know what I would have done without all your support and guidance over the years. Thanks so much.“
“Just wanted to drop a quick email to say
thanks! We’ve had time to go through **** report and it is so so informative. It’s hard to explain but you’ve managed to highlight and explain all of the struggles that we’ve noticed ****** experiencing but have been unable to articulate. I can only see her situation improving not only with the recommendations that you’ve provided but with ***** being aware that she isn’t ‘thick’ (as she’s said before) or that she isn’t as good as her peers which again she has said before.
I can’t express my thanks enough, throughout this whole process your commitment, dedication and expertise has shone through and it’s all been so seamless, what was a daunting prospect has actually been made so much less so.
I don’t know what else to say other than
you’ve made a tricky and worrying situation that much easier for us as a family and for that we’re truly grateful.“
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“Initially we were questioning whether we had done the right thing getting him diagnosed. I knew he would have likely been fine without the diagnosis and struggled through. Now I am so glad we did. If nothing else his change in attitude will take him where he wants to be. He believes he can achieve and that is the biggest asset he has.“