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Initial Reading and Spelling Assessment

We always precede our course with an initial reading and spelling assessment, using the SWRT and SWST Reading and Spelling Tests.  We also look at coloured overlays and whether or not they help the student to see text more clearly.  This is mainly for the purposes of the Connective Learning programme and tells us:

  • Whether help is indeed needed
  • Particular areas of strength and weakness
  • Reading and spelling ages
  • Whether a coloured computer screen will be helpful and, if so, the best colours to suit the student (see also http://www.irlenuk.com/about-irlen-syndrome.htm ).

The information obtained enables analysis of the student's methods, traits and difficulties and informs our decisions on how best to tailor the programme to their individual needs.  

The reading and spelling assessments we carry out are mainly for the purposes of our programme, but can also flag up the probability of dyslexia.  If a diagnosis and a detailed written report is required a fuller, wide-ranging assessment will need to be carried out by a specialist assessor or an Educational Psychologist. This type of assessment can be arranged through the British Dyslexia Association, or Dyslexia Action