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Assessment Service

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) has a team of educational psychologists who provide assessments for both dyslexia and dyscalculia at our national office in Dublin city centre.  We work with children, young people and adults.   DAI educational psychologists take a contextualised approach to assessment and take account of relevant background information from family, schools, colleges or any other relevant sources.

The assessment takes about approximately two hours for children/young people, and one hour for adults.  Following the assessment, the educational psychologist gives a brief verbal report of findings. A written report with results and recommendations is then sent to you within four weeks, often much more quickly. For more information see the DAI Educational Psychology Assessment Policy

During Covid-19 lockdown we are currently offering online assessments via Zoom. When sending in your referral forms (see below) please indicate it you would be interested in an online assessment.


Arranging An Assessment

This is very easy. Simply complete the relevant forms below and return to us. Children need to be at least six years old, and have had at least 18 months of education (e.g. Christmas of Senior Infants) to be assessed.  We can’t add someone to the waiting list until we receive all the referral forms.


Referral Forms for Primary School Children

Dyslexia Assessment Referral Forms – Primary School Child

Dyscalculia Assessment Referral Forms – Primary School Child


Referral Forms for Secondary School Young People

Dyslexia Assessment Referral Forms – Secondary School Young Person

Dyscalculia Assessment Referral Forms – Secondary School Young Person


Referral Forms for Adults

Dyslexia Assessment Referral Form – Adults

Dyscalculia Assessment Referral Form – Adults


Fees and Finance

The fee for a child/young person assessment is €550.00, which includes one year’s complimentary membership of the DAI.  The fee for an adult assessment is €300.00, also inclusive of one year’s complimentary membership of the DAI.  (Adult assessments are quicker and less complex, hence the reduced fee.)

In very exceptional circumstances, a reduced fee rate may be available for people on social welfare or very low income.  Applications forms can be requested from  Completed forms should then be submitted with your other referral paperwork.  Late applications for funding cannot be accepted.



Other Providers of Assessments

School-going children may be tested by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS). Please ask your school principal if this is possible.  This is a free service.

There is no free state provision for adults, even for people who are unemployed or who have a medical card.  They will need to access a private educational psychologist.  Students in further or higher education should contact their college’s Disability Support Service who may be able to organise an assessment.

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DAI activities are part-funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019 administered by Pobal), the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and KWETB.