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Can an md diagnose dyslexia? Can MRI imaging diagnose dyslexia and if so how do I get my son tested

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
7 doctors agree

In brief: Some Developmental/

Behavioral Pediatricians test reading decoding & comprehension.
Child psychologists, neuropsychologists & commercial programs like Lindamood-Bell do, also. Dr. Sally Shaywitz used functional MRI's to show that different parts of the brain are activated in readers vs. non-readers during reading tasks, but this is for research only. Read her book "Overcoming Dyslexia" for explanation.

In brief: Some Developmental/

Behavioral Pediatricians test reading decoding & comprehension.
Child psychologists, neuropsychologists & commercial programs like Lindamood-Bell do, also. Dr. Sally Shaywitz used functional MRI's to show that different parts of the brain are activated in readers vs. non-readers during reading tasks, but this is for research only. Read her book "Overcoming Dyslexia" for explanation.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Neuropsychologist

There are specially trained pediatric neuropsychologists who are phd level psychologists who are trained to diagnose specific learning disabilities including dyslexia.
Your pediatrician my need to make the referral for testing. This is not a diagnosis done with an mri.

In brief: Neuropsychologist

There are specially trained pediatric neuropsychologists who are phd level psychologists who are trained to diagnose specific learning disabilities including dyslexia.
Your pediatrician my need to make the referral for testing. This is not a diagnosis done with an mri.
Dr. Barbara Srur
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes, and no

A doctor may diagnose dyslexia if given a good description from the parents and a teacher. No x-ray or MRI diagnoses dyslexia.
However, dyslexia should be diagnosed with testing by the child's school district (depends only on where he lives). This is required of all school districts in america. Then, parents can pay for another opinion from private testing clinics if parents want more information.

In brief: Sometimes, and no

A doctor may diagnose dyslexia if given a good description from the parents and a teacher. No x-ray or MRI diagnoses dyslexia.
However, dyslexia should be diagnosed with testing by the child's school district (depends only on where he lives). This is required of all school districts in america. Then, parents can pay for another opinion from private testing clinics if parents want more information.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Schools now start 3-stage Response To Intervention, extra help with reading in class, then small-group, then individual before doing a Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation for an Individualized Educational Program. Parents can request an MDT at any point during the process, but if reading improves with RTI, the school may refuse testing.
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