Here at Sum of Us Kids, we are passionate about helping dyslexic and dysgraphic children, and all struggling readers. We are proud to provide gold-standard, multidisciplinary dyslexia and dysgraphia diagnostic assessments, to ensure your kids get the best support they can at school.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Diagnostic Assessments
‘Dyslexia (very simply!) refers to on-going difficulties with reading and ‘Dysgraphia’ refers to someone who has ongoing difficulties with spelling and writing. At Sum of Us Kids, our dream team, Sandhya Menon (Developmental Psychologist), and Becky Kidd (Speech Pathologist), have teamed up to provide gold-standard, evidence-based Dyslexia and Dysgraphia diagnostic assessments for children in the inner-west.
We refer to the DSM-5 criteria for Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) in order to diagnose dyslexia and dysgraphia. We use a variety of standardised assessments, including the WIAT-3, in order to assess phonological awareness, fluency and reading comprehension.
There are a few things to consider when thinking about undertaking a dyslexia/dysgraphia diagnostic assessment. Check out our spiffy flow chart below to help work out where you are in the process, and what information you might need before moving forward.
If your child has not yet undertaken 6 months of literacy therapy (which is a requirement for a Dyslexia diagnosis), they may benefit from attending an individualised 16-week Literacy Program with our Speech Pathologist, Becky Kidd. Click on the image below for further information regarding the Literacy Program.
If you would like to find out more our about Dyslexia & Dysgraphia Assessments or the Literacy Program, please contact us by clicking on the ‘Book an
Appointment’ button or click here, and tell us a bit more about your child.
You are able to use Medicare rebated sessions only when:
- There is a valid 82000 referral from a Paediatrician to assess for Autism. At this stage ADHD and cognitive assessments are out of pocket expenses.
- The child is present for the session.
Yes, provided that this is not used solely for diagnostic purposes but is part of a client’s ongoing functional assessment and a diagnosis will support treatment goals. It is best to check with your NDIS coordinator regarding your individual plan.
A good report is intended to be readable to the parties it is designed for. Whilst it may contain some medical information, your practitioner will go through the report on the day of feedback, walking through what has been done and what each section means. If you walk away and still have a few questions, you are always welcome to email us or set up a time for a phone call to clarify information. Our involvement does not end simply at feedback, and we maintain a lifelong relationship with you as your assessing practitioner.