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Dyslexia assessment for adults (with recommendations)

Assessing adults for dyslexia

By the time an individual who suspects they may have Dyslexia has reached adulthood, they may have experienced frustration, difficulty and embarrassment on many occasions. Making the decision to pursue an assessment for Dyslexia is a brave and sometimes daunting experience.

There are many indicators for Dyslexia in Adulthood. Again, Philomena Ott provides us with a very useful checklist detailing the possible impacts of Dyslexia.


  • Reads slowly, difficulty reading aloud.
  • Has to re-read text to make sense of it.
  • Loses his/her place on the line of words.
  • Misreads words, “computers” for “commuters”.
  • Omits or confuses small words.
  • Difficulty remembering content of what he/she has read, or difficulty following instruction manuals.


  • Misspells familiar words.
  • Uses phonetic spelling: breef for brief.
  • Difficulty filling in forms.
  • Difficulty remembering when and where to use homophones: their/they’re/there.
  • Can get letters in the wrong order: desicion for decision.
  • Punctuation difficulties.


  • Difficulty learning tables.
  • Difficulty filling out cheques.
  • Difficulty remembering phone numbers.
  • Difficulty remembering registration numbers.
  • Difficulty remembering dates.

Sequencing Difficulties

  • Difficulty using dictionary, telephone directory etc.
  • Difficulty finding the car in the car park.
  • Difficulty reading maps.
  • Left/Right confusion.


  • Difficulty remembering the names of familiar people, places etc.
  • Mispronounces words: pacific for specific.
  • Difficulty remembering the lyrics of a song.
  • Difficulty when speaking in public, may lose train of thought.

What value is an assessment for Adult Dyslexia?

Students who are diagnosed with Dyslexia can access funding and support through the Student Disability Services in their University. This funding is only accessible to students who have been formally diagnosed. Other supports include tutoring, study skills tuition and examination skills.

There is a wide range of Information Technology that can be very helpful for Dyslexic individuals, these include Voice-Operated computer packages, reading software etc. An up-to-date assessment may also facilitate special considerations for examination purposes, such as a reader, spelling waiver, extra time etc. Many of these options can be made available to Dyslexic people in the workplace also.

Schedule of Assessment

  1. Initial contact with An Cuan to set up assessment. This includes consultation re. appropriateness of assessment.
  2. Follow-up letter re. confirmation of appointment, including an information form to be filled out to provide background information.
  3. In order to provide a quality service to clients the practice is run on an individual appointment basis. When an appointment is made the psychologist’s time is allocated specifically to you for that given period. Therefore a deposit needs to be received, by return, to secure appointment.
  4. Meeting with client.
  5. Formal assessment with client, lasting approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.
    Educational Assessment involves: 

    • Cognitive (I.Q.) assessment
    • Attainment testing e.g. reading, spelling, reading comprehension, maths
    • Perceptual testing and further diagnostic testing where indicated
    • Clinical observations
  6. The balance of the fee is payable on the day of the assessment
  7. Detailed written report is sent to the client with recommendations
  8. Follow-up meeting (where applicable) to discuss recommendations

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