The Literacy Clinic

Screening Tools/Assessments

 

A dyslexia diagnosis requires a full psycho-educational assessment which that can only be administered by a licensed, qualified psychologist.

In a formal diagnosis (done by a psychologist), an individual undergoes a series of tests that measure cognitive functioning, language ability, academic achievement, as well as an individual’s learning style.

While we do not require a dyslexia diagnosis to begin intervention at The Literacy Clinic, a full psycho-educational assessment can help us to better understand a person’s area of deficiency and provide insight for the most effective plan of action.  If your child has been fully assessed by a licensed psychologist for a learning disability, we ask that you bring a copy of the assessment to the initial parent meeting.  The more information we have, the better able we are to formulate a remediation program that will best meet the needs of the student.

In addition, please bring with you any of the following:

  • Most recent reading level
  • Writing samples
  • Spelling tests
  • Vision or hearing assessments (if applicable)
  • Information regarding the type of reading and spelling instruction your child has had

 

Dyslexia Screening Tests

 

Screening tests and/or reading assessments can be administered by The Literacy Clinic, but it is important to keep in mind that dyslexia screenings determine characteristics only, and are NOT a formal diagnosis of a learning disability.  It is important to keep in mind that only a licensed psychologist can formally diagnose dyslexia.  Screenings serve only as a starting point to help us identify possible "traits" associated with dyslexia and/or to recognize any area(s) of difficulty.  A follow-up assessment with a licensed, qualified psychologist is stongly recommended for an official diagnosis of an individual's struggles with reading and writing.

 

Reading Assessments

 

*Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) or GB Plus Benchmarking Tool  Cost:  $275
These assessments are conducted one-on-one and have been designed to measure a student’s instructional and independent reading level in either English or French.  

The BAS assessment system encompasses a vast scope of literacy elements.  Depending upon the age and ability of the student being tested, the BAS assessment process may include any of the following sub-tests to explore the following:

  • Upper and lower case letters:  name/sound recognition and association
  • Orthographic awareness:  visual word memory/sight word retention
  • Decoding and encoding:  real and pseudo-words
  • Phonological awareness:  initial/final sounds
  • Phonological awareness:  blending words
  • Phonological awareness:  segmenting words
  • Phonological awareness:  rhyming words
  • Multisyllabic word recognition
  • Rapid naming of letters/sounds/words
  • Consonant blends
  • Vowel clusters
  • Prefixes/suffixes
  • Compound words
  • Synonyms, antonyms, and homophones
  • Concept words in isolation and in sentences
  • Contextual vocabulary