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Assessment Service

April 2018 – Waiting List Closed

We are unfortunately not able to accept any new applications for educational psychology assessments for either children or adults at this time.  We already have a very long waiting list and our team of educational psychologists is under-staffed at present.  This is due to a national shortage of appropriately qualified educational psychologists. We aim to re-open the waiting list as soon as we are able to offer a more responsive service and will provide updates on timelines for this on this page and also via our social media channels.  Please accept our apologies for this.  Please see below for alternative providers of educational psychology assessments.


The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has a team of educational psychologists who provide assessment services from our national office in Dublin.  We work with children, young people and adults.  We would suggest that children would need to be at least six years of age, and have had at least 18 months of education (e.g. Christmas of Senior Infants) to be assessed.

An assessment is carried out by an educational psychologist and consists of a series of activities to determine cognitive and literacy abilities (and numeracy skills if maths difficulties are reported).  The aim of the assessment is to develop a learning profile of strengths and difficulties and to find out if a Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia) exists.  The educational psychologist takes a contextualized approach to assessment and will take account of relevant background information from parents, individuals, schools, colleges or any other relevant sources.

The assessment takes about two to three hours.  Following the assessment the educational psychologist will briefly explain initial findings and then a full written report will be posted to you within four to five weeks.

The fee for a Full Assessment for non-members is €490.00, which includes one year’s complimentary membership of the DAI.  The fee for current members of the DAI is €450.00.

Financial Assistance

In very exceptional circumstances, a reduced rate may be available for people on social welfare or very low income. Please contact the office if you feel that you may need assistance. Applications for a reduced rate assessment must be submitted to the DAI at least two weeks in advance of your assessment date. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Tax relief on the assessment fee of a dependent child may be claimed via the MED1 Form. Visit the revenue website and see the section on tax relief for health expenses for further information. You can download a MED1 form from the revenue website or get one from your local tax office.

Application Process

If you would like to apply for an assessment with us please click on the relevant link below to download the referral forms. Please read the accompanying introductory letter carefully, as this gives detailed instructions on completing the forms and information on the application process. Please note that we cannot add a child/adult to the waiting list until we receive all the referral forms. If you need any help with this process, please email and we would be very happy to help you.

Forms Currently Removed 

If you wish to apply for the reduced rate, please also complete and return the Funding Application Form, in addition to the relevant set of forms above:

Forms Currently Removed


Other Providers of Assessment Services

There are other assessment options available. Children and young people who are in school may be able to get an assessment through the school with an educational psychologist from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS). Please ask your school if this is possible.

There are also many independent private educational psychologists. A list of registered psychologists can be obtained from the Psychological Society of Ireland’s website at



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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.