To Test or Not to Test

When I found out my son had dyslexia, I had no clue what to do and I couldn’t find very much information about it. Everyone I asked had no idea about dyslexia including my sons pediatrician. But I continued to dig for information. One of the questions I had was how do I go about getting him tested to find out for sure that it’s dyslexia. Now ten years later, I have found many resources that test for dyslexia and I would like to share them with you too.

First the least expensive way is to buy the app Neurolearning. I have talked about this app before on my blog and you can find out more detailed information about it at neurolearning.com. I wish this app would have been around years ago but is fairly new. Currently it costs $50 for 3 different tests. Once your child has finished the test, you will be given a 20 page report about their strengths and weaknesses. It takes about 45 minutes and it tests from age 7 – adults.

Another way to get testing done is through a nonprofit center. I had my son tested early on through a nonprofit center. It cost between $200-$300 and the testing lasted all day. It did not give me an official diagnosis of dyslexia but it did give me a list of strengths and weaknesses which was very helpful. I did ask the tester if she though he was dyslexic and she said she though he was.

You can have testing done through a speech language pathologist. At the time, I did not know any SLPs near me. Most SLPs can not give an official diagnosis of dyslexia but there are a few that can. So if you go this route you will want to ask directly if they can. Sometimes insurance will pay a portion of dyslexia testing and many SLPs do work with insurance so you would need to ask about that too.

You can also have testing done through a Barton Tester. I personally do not do testing even though I am a Certified Barton Tutor. Unfortunately I do not have the time available that it takes to do the testing because it can be a very long process.

I usually recommend this option the most. Some universities do testing like Eastern Michigan University. Their students do the testing but are overseen by their professors. The cost can be minimal ($200 for Eastern) and you get at least a 20 page print off of the evaluations that they do. The testing can take several days and they can tests for dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. The bonus is they also can give an official diagnosis unlike some of the other options. The disadvantage of going this route is that there can be a very long waiting list. Also know that not all universities know how to test for these learning disabilities. I took my son to a local university that was closer to us and they had no idea what they were doing. I finally found out at the end that they didn’t even use the correct tests that are used for testing for dyslexia.

For more information on testing you can visit https://www.dys-add.com/getHelp.html#anchorTestingWhich.

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