Some Examples of Recent Dyslexia Assessment Work

Interesting result of an assessment in which a blue Cerium overlay at least temporarily helped a woman with ‘amblyopia’ to read text more easily. Amblyopia is often described as ‘lazy eye’ which is when one eye is doing all the work, as the other eye which was originally trying to become aligned, just stops trying…

A 27 year old woman took the opportunity to come for an assessment whilst visiting relatives in England as she had felt that she had always found reading easily difficult, and wondered whether she may actually be Dyslexic. It transpired after the full set of assessments were used including phonological and memory tests, that her slow reading pace was actually due to her undiagnosed ‘Amblyopia’ which was the result of an astigmatism thought to have been resolved via eye patching and eye exercises in childhood, which was actually unresolved leading to just one of her eyes doing all the work. This was a very interesting assessment as placing a blue overlay over text and writing on a blue ground greatly increased the speed of her processing. This apart from anything else was a great temporary solution to her reading issues, armed with an overlay at least she could read on the plane back to the States without getting a headache! It actually took away the blurring effect which happened when she moved her gaze up or down across text which she had struggled with for years. My recommendation was to visit a Behavioural Optometrist as soon as possible. She had to battle snow covered roads through the mountains of Washington State to get to one; but she is now having eye exercises, leading to having a prism in her lenses to bring both eyes together taking the strain off the sole eye doing all the work. Result! So if you know any people out there with Amblyopia who have lost their glasses, tell them to using a blue see through plastic overlay over text or change the background tint to pale blue on their lap top until they get their glasses back! Or live dangerously and use them both together…

A ten year old boy had become extremely anxious about going to school although being at a very happy school with good support found to be not just Dyspraxic (as had already been diagnosed) but also to have significant sensory neural deafness at high frequencies which will affect his ability to hear certain speech sounds and will have caused confusion, exhaustion and frustration all through school.

Delightful rugby playing nine year old who ‘enjoys’ Maths achieved a score for the standardised Maths test in the assessment at the 99th percentile. He correctly and effortlessly worked through algebraic equations not yet covered in his school curriculum; he just thought he’d ‘have a go’. He achieved a standard score in the top .4 % for the Backwards Digit Span aspect of the Test of Memory and Learning 2 (TOMAL 2) thus he has an outstandingly good mid-term working memory and visual spatial awareness which partly explains his effortless Maths.

The assessment of a 33 year old woman helped her to feel less defeated by her inability to repeat phone numbers and recall all messages correctly at work. Her profile of scores indicated underdeveloped aspects of her working memory and phonological weakness that indicated that she is actually Dyslexic. Laws protect her need for recognition of this by her employers and the need for supportive software. The best thing that came out of the assessment was her determination to conquer maths using ‘inchworm’ techniques; taking the strain off her working memory. She said she had just ‘felt stupid for years.’

Very determined and conscientious Dyslexic 10 year old trialled the effect of using my new book ‘How to Read and Spell Words with Double Vowel Sounds’ by working through it over a couple of months and passed the entrance exam to the public school he was determined to get in to. He had previously scored zero in his prep school’s mock examination comprehension test. He created his own list of homophones whilst working through the book, as it highlights them naturally, as in; piece or peace? Hence the genesis of my third book: Homophones, Zebras Extra.

10 year old boy recognised as being severely hypermobile as a result of his assessment, is given remedial equipment and recognition of the fact that he writes slowly partly because it is painful for him…. now working on getting him an EHC to support him through his secondary school career as he is also Dyslexic.

Teenager given extra time in exams due to very subtle phonological processing difficulty affecting specifically writing speed and quality…This was identifiable partly by using the new version of the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing 2, which has an extended set of phonological awareness tests, coupled with his slow writing speed. Also suspected he was hypermobile, confirmed by GP, so he now knows to protect his joints playing rugby…. as if!

18 year old was told she was to be taken off the special needs register therefore denied need for extra time in exams, her assessment successfully overturned this decision in time for her crucial final exams….

Assessment helped to secure a wonderful, hard working 16 year old Dyslexic teenager an apprenticeship with a world leading car manufacturer; he is on his way to a great career ideally suited to his very high visual spatial skills quantified during the assessment…..

Pupil worked very hard indeed and despite being severely Dyslexic and Dyspraxic passed the entrance exam to his chosen Public School and could not be happier about it, as am I.

Noah aged very nearly 10 years old, on being given a lemon overlay to place over text, smiled broadly and said,

‘It traps the words so that they don’t muddle around anymore.’

Noah is also Dyslexic, but the huge help a lemon overlay gives him immediately boosted his confidence and his reading speed increased noticeably. He can’t wait to have spectacles with lemon lenses because he described words jumping around on the white board at school as well. Noah finds that lemon paper is a better ground than white for him to write on and a written coding test produced higher results when printed on to lemon ground paper, emphasising the basic visual difficulty that Noah has been experiencing throughout his schooling to date.