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Assessments for children


We are currently unable to offer any appointments for face to face services such as diagnostic assessments.  We can, however, add names to our waiting list and make contact when we resume face to face services.


What is a children’s diagnostic assessment?


A full diagnostic assessment carried out by a highly qualified professional is required to confirm the presence of dyslexia or any other associated specific learning difficulty in a child aged 7 and upwards.


How much is a children’s diagnostic assessment?


A full diagnostic assessment for a child is £475 if it takes place at our office in Nottingham or £500 if it takes place elsewhere.


Please note that payment is required in full prior to the assessment taking place.


Which locations are covered?


The Dyslexia Association are able to provide assessments for children in the following geographical locations:


  • NottinghamshireChild writing
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • West Midlands
  • South Yorkshire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire
  • Liverpool


What happens during the assessment?


The full assessment explores a range of academic skills and cognitive processing abilities. The resulting report provides information on the nature and severity of any difficulties and makes a range of well-informed recommendations to support the child.

The diagnostic report constitutes formal evidence of dyslexia.


At the discretion of the specialist assessor, the possible co-occurrence of associated specific learning difficulties such as dyscalculia, Dyspraxia/ DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) or Visual Stress may also be briefly explored during the diagnostic assessment.


What happens after an assessment?


Upon the conclusion of the assessment, a comprehensive report will be provided (usually within 4 weeks) that will give the results of the tests and make recommendations for home and school.


Please note that any recommendations made for Exams Access Arrangements by the assessor are subject to JCQ requirements.  Please see our article on Exams Access Arrangements.