We carry out diagnostic assessments for dyslexia (our reports are accepted by the Dept. of Education & Skills/NEPS etc). Dyslexia, sometimes referred to as "Reading Disorder" or a "Specific Learning Difficulty", is a learning disorder which affects reading and spelling. Performance in reading and spelling will be significantly below the level expected considering the person's intellectual ability and level of education/schooling.
People with dyslexia tend to have difficulty remembering certain types of information (e.g. letters, words and numbers) as well as recalling or writing the information in the correct sequence. An individual with dyslexia may also experience difficulty with phonological processing.
There are several types and degrees of dyslexia, and it can present differently at different ages (e.g. poor reading and spelling in childhood and adequate reading but poor spelling in adulthood). Research suggests that developmental dyslexia is inherited. Usually there is a history of such learning difficulties in the family, with a parent, sibling, uncle, or grandparent having a similar type of learning difficulty.
Dyslexia is diagnosed by examining an individual's performance across a number of cognitive and educational test batteries. Research shows that dyslexia can be alleviated by appropriate interventions.