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how can i get my child tested for dyslexia without going through the school system?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Pay privately: There are lots of reputable psychologists, neuropsychologists, and educational psychologists who do this kind of testing, along with intervention programs such as lindamood bell and slingerland. Probably can arise, though, if you want services through the school and the school does not accept the findings of an outside tester. It really depends on your concerns and goals.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
LD assessment: Assessment of dyslexia if done properly will assess general abilities, processing difficulties that may contribute to the dyslexia and evaluate for other learning disorders or conditions which could lead to school difficulties. For detailed discussion see: http://ldassessment.Com unfortunately in these days of budget cuts, school systems are using a system of trial and error before testing.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
The problem is getting insurance companies to pay for thorough psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluations, as they still think that students whose academic output is lower & rate of learning is slower than average receive testing free of charge by school districts. Public schools carefully insure that their " Response To Intervention" protocols are in compliance with IDEA.
Jun 1, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
The least expensive: way is to utilize a graduate program, since insurances rarely pay, Contact CHOP; http://www.chop.edu/healthinfo/learning-disorders.html or your International Dyslexia Association branch, http://www.pbida.org. Read "Overcoming Dyslexia" by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. 90% of cases are language-based, caused by lack of phonological awareness. "Vision training" & " Brain Balance" are unproven therapies.

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