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.
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 www.revenue.ie 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.
If you would like to apply for an assessment with us please contact our information helpline on 01 8776001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively,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 call 01 877 6001 or email email@example.com and we would be very happy to help you.
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:
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 www.psihq.ie.