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I offer full diagnostic assessments for both dyslexia and dyscalculia.  A full diagnostic report includes an outline of strengths and difficulties with recommendations for intervention and support and how skills can be developed further.

A  full diagnostic assessment takes approximately 3 hours to complete, with short rest breaks so that the learner can perform at their best. On some occasions, the assessment can be completed over two sessions.   

Both areas for development and strengths are detailed and are used to inform teachers how to plan for effective interventions. If a profile of dyslexia/dyscalculia is found, the assessment will offer an official diagnosis along with recommendations that can be used for exam access requirements. 

Maths and/or English Learning Assessments are available for younger learners. Please enquire for further details.

DSA Assessments and Exam Access Arrangements Testing for schools can be provided. Please enquire for further details.

For further information about Specialist Teaching please enquire for further details and availability. 

I am currently enrolled in an ADHD Accredited Coaching Diploma with the ADHD Foundation. I am looking forward to offering ADHD Coaching soon! 

HOW I WORK

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INITIAL CONSULTATION

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FACE TO FACE ASSESSMENT

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FULL REPORT

ASSESSMENTS

DYSLEXIA
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Dyslexia Assessment  

A wide range of of standardised tests are used including reading, phonological processing, spelling, speed of processing, memory skills, visual perception and visual/verbal underlying ability. Both areas for development and strengths are detailed and are used to inform  teachers how to plan for effective interventions. If a profile of dyslexia is found the assessment will offer an official diagnosis along with recommendations that can be used for exam access requirements. 

A Literacy Screening can be completed for younger learners, when a full diagnostic assessment is not yet appropriate. A comprehensive assessment is completed to identify areas of strength and areas for development which can be used to inform an intervention programme.

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Dyscalculia Assessment 

•  A wide range of standardised tests are used including literacy attainment, tests of verbal, visual and visual-spatial reasoning and cognitive processing (such as memory, phonological processing, processing speed and accuracy, visual spatial sequential skills)

•  Informal, qualitative tests of understanding of number that use subitising, symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude comparison, ordering and concrete tools to explore concept of number and number sense.

•  Timed and untimed standardised measures of Arithmetic (+, -, x, ÷). will help establish if time pressure makes a difference on performance.

•  Mathematics reasoning and problem solving, including word problems to investigate if difficulties are related to number, or mathematical terminology, or language more generally.

A Mathematics Screening can be completed for younger learners, when a full diagnostic assessment is not yet appropriate. A comprehensive assessment is completed to identify areas of strength and areas for development which can be used to inform an intervention programme.

DISCALCULIA
  • What happens prior to the face to face assessment?
    After initial contact a date will be agreed to conduct the assessment. You will be sent a confirmation email with terms and conditions and details to make a deposit to secure the session. The remaining balance will need to be paid one week prior to the assessment date. You will receive a background questionnaire and a school questionnaire for the SENCO to complete. This will need to be returned a minimum of two weeks prior to the assessment date, along with any other professional reports (eg. OT, EHCP etc). Failure to do so will result in the assessment date being rescheduled. It is important that vision and any visual difficulties have been checked prior to an assessment or this could cause delays to the assessment taking place. Please ensure an eye test has been done in the last 6 months.
  • Where will the assessment take place?
    I work in Wimbledon (SW 19) and around SW London. Assessments take place in my office, however, If an assessment is requested at a client's home or school this will be at an extra cost for travel and time may be applicable. This will be discussed during the initial consultation.
  • Do you require a deposit?
    In order to secure a booking, a deposit of £75.00 is requested. This will be used to secure the date and to cover expenditures. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. An invoice will be provided, including the deposit and the balance of the assessment fee. The balance should be paid no later than one week prior to assessment. Failure to do so could result in loss of deposit and cancellation of the assessment.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    Cancellation by the client: All changes and cancellations must be notified in writing to marlo@mkdda.co.uk Cancellation charges will be applied as follows: Cancellation/reschedule within 14 days of a booked session = 50% of fee. Deposit non refundable Cancellation/reschedule within 48 hours of a booked session = 100% of fee. Deposit non refundable Cancellation by Assessor In the event that severe weather or any other emergency results in the cancellation of a session, Marlo will endeavour to give clients a minimum of 24 hours’ notice and to reschedule the assessment. Please ensure you have provided up to date contact details (email and phone number) that are checked regularly.
  • Does an assessment always result in a diagnosis?
    Occasionally an assessment profile can be unclear and there may not be sufficient information to make an identification of a specific learning difficulty. In these instances a full report is still supplied and will include recommendations to support challenging areas that have been identified. Referrals to other professionals such as Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists or Occupational Therapists may be included if there are indicators present of other learning differences that I am not qualified to diagnose such as ADHD, ASD to name a few.

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