Do I Have Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is very common and up to 20% of people have symptoms of dyslexia. Dyslexia is often referred to as a “hidden disability.” It is not a disease and it cannot be diagnosed in the same way that a medical condition is determined. There is no blood test or medical scan that determines dyslexia and a diagnosis is the determination of a qualified professional. Though commonly considered a childhood disorder, dyslexia can be screened/diagnosed in adults as well.
SCREENING vs. DIAGNOSTIC Assessment
The purpose of screening for dyslexia risk is very different from the purpose of diagnosing dyslexia, but both have value. Regardless of whether you do a screening or a formal diagnostic, the first step toward helping with reading difficulty is to identify areas of struggle.
➡ SCREENING RESOURCES for DYSLEXIA
Free Resources for Parents | Self-Assessment
There are a number of free screening tools available to help you determine whether a child has risk factors for dyslexia. If you suspect a child has dyslexia and may need further evaluation, speak with the teacher, special education administrator, and school counselor at the child’s school, consult with a psychologist, or reach out to your state’s International Dyslexia Association branch for assistance.
The following are additional resources that are available, but not accredited by IDA.
- Oregon Department of Education List of Approved Dyslexia Screeners
- The company Dynaread offers a free online dyslexia test recommended for students ages 7-12. The results can be downloaded as a PDF.
- Nessy offers a free online Dyslexia Questionnaire that can help identify a student at risk of dyslexia. A more formal screening test such as Dyslexia Quest application can be used as a follow-up.
- Online Reading Tutor’s free apps for Apple devices and Android devices assess a child’s ability to decode (sound out) nonsense words, a key marker of dyslexia.
- An easy-to-use questionnaire from LearningAlly.org can help you determine whether language and reading difficulties you’ve observed may be characteristics of dyslexia.