A single test can't diagnose
dyslexia. Rather, your doctor or a school professional (such as a reading specialist) will ask you what signs of dyslexia you and your child’s teachers
have seen. He or she will ask your child questions too.
Reading tests and other types of
assessments may be done to help find out more about your
child's skills. For example, tests may include those that focus on your child's
personality traits, learning style, language and problem-solving skills, and
intelligence quotient (IQ).
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It takes a team to diagnose dyslexia. School professionals or learning specialists in your area will assess
academic skills and abilities. Your child's doctor can assess your child's general health
and cognitive development. A complete medical, behavioral, educational, and
social history may be taken to rule out other conditions (such as a brain
injury) that can also interfere with the ability to read or memorize
It must be clear that your child does not have another problem that could cause him or
her to struggle with reading, such as a condition that affects
Dyslexia is only
There is evidence of a severe reading
The problem is not due to low intelligence, a visual or
hearing deficit or other physical conditions, or a lack of educational
To qualify for special education assistance, federal law requires
that a child have tests to help check his or her language and math skills.