A qualified and registered Psychologist with experience and/or qualification in education can assess and diagnose:
Additionally, some psychologists provide preliminary testing for:
Why a psychologist and not a Speech Therapist or Specialist Teacher.
Psychologists use an array of diagnostic tools, including cognitive testing, to look at the whole picture and can diagnose the 3 Specific Learning Disabilities and many of the coexisting conditions.
Speech Therapists are trained to look at one area but not the whole picture. Speech Therapist cannot diagnose the 3 Specific Learning Disabilities or coexisting conditions. Additionally, they are not usually trained in cognitive testing.
Specialist Teachers cannot diagnose all 3 Specific Learning Disabilities or co-existing conditions. Additionally, they are not usually trained, and cannot provide, unless under certain conditions, cognitive testing.
Note: Profiling, Dyslexia Screen Assessments, Pre-Screen or Pre-testing are tools used as a first step and should not be considered as an answer or formal assessment of a students’ learning difficulties. Normally, these assessments look only at reading and not the other Learning Disabilities or disorders.
Dyslexia Australia offers diagnostic testing by the team of our consulting, qualified and registered Psychologist with an educational background. Diagnostic assessments available Australia wide.
Note: Screening assessments are tools used as a first step and should not be considered as a formal assessment of a students’ learning difficulties. Other co-existing conditions, such as Written Expression Disorder, Math Disorder and/or primary conditions such as ADD/ADHD have not been included in the Screener. Formal assessments can be completed by a Psychologist.
Note: Fees apply to our services. Pre-screening or on-line assessments are used only as a guide or a resource to assist parents or teachers.
By Brenda Baird