What happens during dyslexia and dyscalculia assessments?

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For individuals facing challenges with reading, writing, and mathematical skills, a comprehensive understanding of their unique learning profile can be extremely helpful. Dyslexia and dyscalculia are two distinct learning differences that can impact a person’s educational and professional journey. Diagnostic assessments play a key role in providing accurate insights and tailored support.

What happens before the assessment takes place?

If you would like to make an appointment for a dyslexia or dyscalculia assessment, you can book it online via the Simply Thrive website. The booking system is simple to use, and you can book your assessment at a time that best suits you. We have a short waiting time of up to two weeks, so you won’t have long to wait for your assessment.

Once you have booked your assessment, there are some pre-assessment forms to complete via your online account.

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Where will my assessment take place?

That is up to you. At Simply Thrive, we can complete the assessment online via a video call. Or, if you’d prefer to complete your assessment in-person, we offer face-to-face assessments in South Wales and South West England.

What does an assessment involve?

A diagnostic assessment usually takes around 2-3 hours to complete. Simply Thrive’s friendly Assessors will listen to your concerns as whilst carrying out a series of simple tests to explore strengths and weaknesses. The tests will explore aspects of your underlying abilities such as:

• Reading, writing and spelling
• Handwriting and fine motor skills
• Underlying learning skills such as phonological awareness, speed of processing, memory, speech, language and auditory processing
• Exploration of number sense and attainment in mathematics

There’s no need to be nervous about the tests that will take place during the assessment. Simply Thrive Assessors are friendly and will guide you through the assessment process. The aim is simply to establish if there is a formal diagnosis of dyslexia or dyscalculia. Our Assessors will also collect information to identify if any reasonable adjustments will be needed for you to fully access the curriculum and exams. Or if you’re in employment, our Assessors will identify if any reasonable adjustments will be needed at your place of work.

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What happens after the assessment takes place?

Once the initial assessment is complete, the Assessor will then develop a comprehensive report outlining all the areas tested and reveal any diagnoses that emerge. Whether the assessment finds that the individual has a diagnosis or not, Simply Thrive’s Assessors will always follow up with you to discuss the findings in more detail, talk about the next steps and the support that is available.

Book your assessment

For more information on any of our services, or to book your assessment, visit our website: www.simplythrive.co.uk