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  1. Can dyslexia be diagnosed?
  2. How is dyslexia diagnosed?
  3. Where can I get diagnosed?
  4. Is there a cost to get diagnosed?
  5. Are doctors trained to identify dyslexia?
  6. Who else can diagnose dyslexia?
  7. Can dyslexia be cured?
  8. How severe can dyslexia be?
  9. How do you recognize dyslexia?
  10. What does fish oil have to do with dyslexia?
  11. What is glue ear?

1. Can dyslexia be diagnosed? Page Top
Yes, a qualified educational psychologist can diagnose dyslexia. It is preferable if school, parents and psychologist discuss the difficulties together and come to a consensus of opinion.
2. How is dyslexia diagnosed? Page Top
Professionally trained individuals employing a series of questions and tasks can diagnose dyslexia.
An eye test and hearing test may be advisable first to rule out any physical impairment. Meares Irlen syndrome is a condition, which impairs reading ability. Many dyslexics suffer from this condition.
Tests might include:-
Cognitive tests of ability
Auditory and visual memory
Auditory and visual discrimination
Speed of processing
Verbal fluency
Orientation tests
Computer testing COPS, SNAP, DEST, DST and the adult version of the DST
3. Where can I get diagnosed? Page Top
Diagnosis is possible in several centres throughout the country. The closest to Ayrshire is the Dyslexia Institute in Glasgow.
4. Is there a cost to get diagnosed? Page Top
Yes. There is a cost to have an assessment carried out privately. Each assessment centre sets its own charges.
However, if parents and school work in partnership teachers and psychologists working together can carry out this assessment and it is free of charge.
When College / University students are diagnosed they are then eligible for a grant for IT equipment to help them to access their course work more easily.
5. Are doctors trained to identify dyslexia? Page Top
Some doctors have a specific interest in dyslexia but it is not part of a doctor's training.
6. Who else can diagnose dyslexia? Page Top
Psychologists diagnose dyslexia. Teachers can also help by providing additional educational information and carrying out specific assessments e.g. DEST / DST, SNAP, The Aston Index.
7. Can dyslexia be cured? Page Top
No. Strategies can be learned to make life easier.
8. How severe can dyslexia be? Page Top
In some cases it can be particularly severe.
9. How do you recognize dyslexia? Page Top
A checklist is available from Dyslexia Scotland and is also available through Dyslexia Ayrshire. Information is available on the Internet by typing Dyslexia into a search engine such as Google.
10. What does fish oil have to do with dyslexia? Page Top
Research on this is ongoing. Fish and fish oil has always been thought to be beneficial to the brain.
11. What is glue ear? Page Top
Glue ear is a condition which arises when ears of a young child become blocked through colds, flu or ear infections. It is also known as conductive hearing loss.
Glue ear can be a cause of acquired dyslexia, as a child is not able to hear spoken speech clearly enough to distinguish the separate sounds which make up each word.
It is essential at an early age for the brain to be able to hear the separate parts of each word and to learn to recognize these sounds.
If this does not happen, then lifelong difficulties with phonemic awareness will result, as well as possible delayed language development and weaker short-term memory.

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