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Q: Does anyone know of any simple tests for dyslexia?
I'm part of the teaching staff in a boot camp. I teach English, among other
things, and I've noticed that several of my students have trouble with
switching or reversing letters (writing 'd' for 'b' etc.) when they write.
Unfortunately, we have limited resources (three teachers, two rooms, not
enough books) so any test would have to be re-usable and I would have to be
able to administer any test myself.
I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations
A:Dyslexia is very broad topic and involves many types of disabling characteristics. What is need is a comprehensive evaluation of the student's cognitive, educational, speech and language, and social emotional levels. There no one test that does all of these. However, the Detroit Test of Learning Aptitude (DTLA III) and the Test of memory and learning (TOMAL) will give you a good general knowledge of the student's cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities coupled with the Woodcock Johnson Educational Battery will also be helpful. However it is really important to evaluate their speech and language abilities and that needs to be done by a certified speech therapist. The rest can be analyzed through the previously mentioned tests. Dyslexia is a disorder of language and not just the act of reversing letters. Often Dyslexic students will have difficulty with organization, both space and time and they will spell and read words with letters in the incorrect order. This, however, is not the only aspect of their difficulty. It is not necessary to diagnosis here however. It is necessary to find the correct way to teach each of your students by knowing their cognitive strengths and weaknesses and thus finding the appropriate presentation of material so they can learn.
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