How to Test for Dyslexia in Children

Learn how to spot signs of dyslexia, and make a confident diagnosis.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

‘How to test for dyslexia in children’ gives you the power to assess a child for dyslexia.

Rather than relying on experts, it gives you the confidence to confirm a diagnosis.

This course contains a rich mix of instructor video, slides that highlight the main points, and video interviews with a dyslexic child. You also see interviews with his mother and an educational psychologist.

You also get downloadable forms, a checklist, and a useful resources area.

Take the optional test and you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Dyslexia Investigation from the Blackford Center, in addition to the a Course Completion Certificate from Udemy.

How to test for dyslexia in children is ideal for teachers, teaching assistants, and concerned parents.

What are the requirements?

  • You should simply want to know how to diagnose dyslexia in your people.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
  • Identify whether a child is dyslexic
  • Know how to use checklists to assess dyslexia
  • Confidently discuss a child's dyslexia with other professionals

Who is the target audience?

  • Teachers, teaching assistants, special needs staff, and parents of dyslexic children.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: What is Dyslexia?

In the lecture we start to answer the fundamental question, ‘How can you tell if a child has dyslexia?’

It’s an important question because if your child – or a child in your classroom – is dyslexic and isn’t diagnosed, they can fall behind, become demoralized, become disruptive, and fail to achieve their potential.

In this lecture, we ask what dyslexia is, and what it isn't.


In this video interview, we speak with Billy about his dyslexia.


In this video, Billy's mum discusses when she began to think her son might be dyslexic.

Section 2: Key indicators of dyslexia

What are the key indicators of Dyslexia?

People with dyslexia tend to have an average or above average IQ.

It's often the difference between their obvious intelligence and their ability to read and write that indicates dyslexia.

In this lecture, we highlight the main clues to look for.

In the supplementary materials below is a checklist for key indicators.


In this video, we ask Billy's mum how his reading ability compares with her other child. By comparing the two, we can identify differences that aren't attributable to external factors such as social class, income or geography.

Section 3: Research into dyslexia

What do we really know about dyslexia? What research has been carried out?

Recent research has begun to show that a dyslexic brain is different from a non-dyslexic one. Not damaged, just different.

A growing number of researchers believe that although certain skills are difficult for them, being dyslexic gives an advantage in other areas.

In this lecture we explore what is known about dyslexia, and reflect on the many world changing figures who have been dyslexic.


What signs might you look for that indicate dyslexia? In this video interview, Billy's mum talks about this.

Section 4: Using a checklist

There are many published checklists of possible indicators of dyslexia.

While these lists can be useful as a rough guide to areas of difficulty to watch out for, you need to be cautious about using them.

Checklists do not provide a complete diagnosis, because other factors may be at work, such as the child’s circumstances, or deafness, for example.

But if you use a checklist, and that gives you cause for concern, you can seek more detailed screening and assessment.


In this video we see how a dyslexic child reads.

Section 5: Non dyslexia factors

You should check for non-dyslexia factors. These are reasons why a child might underperform at reading and writing.

Identifying these contributory factors can shed light on whether a child’s difficulties are likely to be due to dyslexia, or whether they have a different cause.

In this lecture, we cover examples of non-dyslexia factors to watch out for.

Section 6: Using a screening Test

You can use a screening test to identify the likelihood and possible severity of dyslexic difficulties.

Screening does not provide a formal diagnosis, isn't 100% accurate, and there are many different types of screening tests. But it's a useful tool. In this lecture, we examine how to use a screening test.

You'll find support materials for this lecture in the Resources section at the end of the course.

Section 7: Carrying out a diagnostic assessment

You may want a diagnostic assessment provided by an educational psychologist or specialist reading expert.

A diagnostic assessment provides a formal diagnosis of dyslexia that will enable children to gain the maximum support they’re entitled to at school.

In this lecture we examine whether you need one, who should do it, and what it will tell you.

We also have a video interview with an education psychologist.

Section 8: Conclusions

In this lecture, we complete our look at the diagnostic assessment. And we conclude by reviewing what you can do to assess a young person who might be dyslexic.


If you would like to demonstrate your competency in this field, take the online test. If you score 65% or above, you'll be able to download the Certificate in Dyslexia Investigation.

6 pages

A set of resources that will help you with dyslexia assessment.

Section 9: Resources

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Instructor Biography

Blackford Center, Professional instruction at its best

The Blackford Centre has been providing high quality courses since 1994.We have students all over the world, and our instructors are all practising professionals, not college lecturers. This means that you get information based in the real world, not from theoretical knowledge.

We have over 100 instructors in the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa and other countries.

We specialize in helping people become self employed, in fields such as graphic design, interior design and counseling.

We also help people to become teaching assistants and special needs assistants. We have a special focus on dyslexia.

We are accredited by numerous organizations, including the Chartered Instittue of Management, NCFE, ABC Awards and others. And we're on the UK government's Register of Learning Providers.

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