Dyslexia Screenings 

By: Morgan Kimball 

Dyslexia Reading Connection, Inc. does not diagnose dyslexia. Instead, we conduct a screening. This is a battery of memory, writing, spelling, reading, and/or math activities that will give us a solid understanding of whether or not dyslexia is the cause of the struggle. A screening report is a written document of the results of the screening, which includes information on each assessment given, the purpose of the assessment, and how the student performs in each area. 

When a child or an adult is struggling with reading, they seek answers and someone may suggest getting tested for dyslexia. Struggling with reading doesn’t always mean dyslexia, but one way to know for sure is to get screened. There is no single test for dyslexia, which is why our screeners use a battery of tests that allows them to say with a high degree of confidence if a student demonstrates the characteristics of someone with dyslexia.

What areas are being assessed in a screening? 

  • Phonemic awareness – an individual’s ability to identify the sounds that letters make, either sound to letter or letter to sound association
  • Phonological Awareness – an individual’s awareness of the sound structure of words 
  • Phonological or Language-Based Memory – the ability to recall sounds, syllables, and words
  • Phonic skills – beginning with letter/sound resemblance, to pronounce words and then attach meaning to them 
  • Decoding (sounding out words) – the ability to use symbol-sound associations to read written words 
    • Real Words 
    • Nonsense Words
  • Oral Reading Fluency – ability to read accurately, at a story-telling pace – facilitates and supports comprehension
  • Spelling 

Parents or guardians of a child with dyslexia must advocate for the best possible education. The best way to be an effective advocate for your child is to understand the screening report. DRC provides a parent-friendly report as a guide in outlining the struggles of the individual.