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Screening and Assessment

If you suspect a problem – take action.  If dyslexia is identified and appropriate interventions put into place, the individual can be enabled to achieve their potential.

There are various Screening Tests, such as the DAST (Dyslexia Adult Screening Test), which can be carried out to identify strengths and weaknesses.  A screening test will point you in the right direction for support and will ascertain whether a full more in-depth assessment is advisable.  Adult literacy organisations sometimes offer these screening tests. Students at third level may be able to get a screening test done by the Disability Support Service in the college.

An Educational Psychology Assessment is carried out by an educational psychologist and is a way to get a definitive assessment of dyslexia. The assessment includes testing of cognitive abilities as well as literacy skills (and sometimes numeracy skills if maths difficulties are reported).  The educational psychologist also needs to get relevant background information from the individual, schools, colleges or any other relevant sources.  Conclusions are made based on a combination of the history reported and the performance on the tests.

The assessment session varies in length, but on average it takes from 2½  to 3 hours.  A detailed written report is supplied a few weeks after the assessment, which contains relevant history, test results, conclusions and most importantly recommendations for addressing any areas of difficulty which emerged.

An assessment report can be useful in many ways. It will help you and others to understand about your own particular strengths and weaknesses and it should include recommendations about how you can improve your skills. It can also be used to access support in college or work or in examinations, e.g. extra time.

As an adult you have to arrange for your own assessment. There is no state provision, even for people who are unemployed or who have a medical card.  Students in further or higher education  should contact their college’s Disability Support Service or Access Office who may be able to organise an assessment for you.

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland arranges Educational Psychology Assessments at our national office in Dublin. For details, please visit our Assessment page.

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

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