I think my child is dyslexic, what are the next steps?
You have looked at the signs of dyslexia, you may have completed an online screening ( there is an online one at www.nessy.com) which shows that there is a likelihood of dyslexia. What should you do next?
You should make contact with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at your child's school. This is the teacher who has responsibility for ensuring any additional needs for a child are met. Request a meeting and then make sure you write down all the signs that you have noticed.
The SENCo may investigate further and offer to screen your child for dyslexia. They may brush off your concerns and just monitor your child's progress.
Their actions will inform the steps you may want to take after your meeting.
It is always a good idea to have your child's eyes and hearing tested to make sure that there are no issues here, especially if your child has had glue ear in the past.
The next step then is contacting a specialist dyslexia teacher to talk through your concerns. If you are at the beginning of your journey, then arranging a more in depth screening may be a good step to take. You may be ready to consider a full diagnostic assessment which is the only way of being certain whether your child is dyslexic or not.
You may want to consider private lessons with a dyslexia specialist or follow a multi-sensory programme yourself at home to see the difference that this makes to your child's skills.
If you would like to discuss any of these options, then please contact me here.
I offer free online 15 minute chats to discuss your concerns which you can arrange by emailing or telephoning me .