The Diagnostic Process

Dyslexia is a hidden disability; as such it is not immediately obvious. This can cause significant difficulty in determining appropriate reasonable adjustments.

Most employers request some formal documentation, identifying dyslexia, in order to start the reasonable adjustment process. This can be a confusing process as there are a range of diagnostic options available, at widely ranging prices.

Basic screening tool:

A basic screening tool provides a simplified indication of dyslexia. It is not a formal or conclusive diagnostic tool, designed as a screening tool.

The results can be used to illustrate the spiky profile of dyslexia. The spiky profile is common in dyslexia illustrating a larger than average difference between strengths and weaknesses. Having access to this profile provides more focused support for weaker areas and allows for further development of key strengths.     

Strengths: Screening tools are often used by organisations prior to more advanced testing due to its simplicity, speed of completion and convenience.

Weaknesses: Screening tools can be subjective and often result in a higher than average indication of dyslexia, resulting in further action being required for a disproportionate amount of staff. An indication of dyslexia is provided but there is no further information relating to specific strengths or weaknesses. Screening tools can be subjective; it is always important to source a screening tool from a reliable provider.