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Benefits of Testing

At Dyslexia St. Louis Learning and Advocacy Center we believe that every child who enters our doors would benefit from a comprehensive language and literacy evaluation. There are many reasons a child may be having difficulty with reading and writing. A thorough evaluation will help shed light onto the reasons why your child is struggling.

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Evaluation Process

The evaluation process generally will take 3-4 hours and is often completed in one session, if a child is able. An extensive report is provided along with program recommendations. Our qualified Educational Advocate is able to provide next steps and resources to communicate with your child’s school.

At its root, dyslexia is a language-based disorder. Research has found that IQ testing is not effective in determining which child will be a skilled reader. Spoken language skills are the strongest predictor of one’s ability to learn to read and write.

At Dyslexia St. Louis, we whole-heartedly believe that in order to unlock your child’s potential, we must look closely at language. Specific areas of language included in the evaluation are aligned with the International Dyslexia Association and American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s recommendations.

We evaluate based on these IDA and ASHA recommendations:

Phonological Awareness

A meta-cognitive skill or an ability to think about one's own thinking for the sound structures of language. It allows kids to attend to, discriminate, remember, and manipulate sounds at the sentence, word, syllable, and phoneme or (sound) level.

Orthographic Mapping

The process of forming letter-sound connections in order to combine and recall the spelling, pronunciation, and the meaning of words. It enables the ability to identify words by sight allowing instant recognition and fluent reading.

Reading Decoding

Decoding is a key skill for learning to read that involves taking apart the sounds in words (segmenting) and blending sounds together. It allows kids to figure out most words they've heard but have never seen in print, as well as sound out unfamiliar words

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Oral Reading Fluency

Oral reading fluency is the ability to read connected text quickly, accurately, and with expression. In doing so, there is no noticeable cognitive effort that is associated with decoding the words on the page.

Writing Analysis

Analysis is a form of expository writing in which the writer separates a subject into its elements or parts. When applied to a literary work (such as a poem, short story, or essay), analysis involves a careful examination and evaluation of details in the text, such as in a critical essay

Spoken Language Skills

Receptive language means the ability to understand information. It involves understanding the words, sentences and meaning of what others say or what is read. Expressive language means being able to put thoughts into words and sentences, in a way that makes sense and is grammatically accurate.

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