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Screening and Assessment

If you suspect you have dyslexia, take action. If left undetected, dyslexia can limit one’s ability to achieve in education and may damage self esteem and confidence.  However, if dyslexia is identified and appropriate interventions put into place, students can be enabled to achieve their potential.

The assessment is called an Educational Psychology Assessment. It is done by an educational psychologist and includes testing of literacy skills, as well as related cognitive abilities.  The educational psychologist also needs to get relevant background information from individuals, parents, 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 2½ to 3 hours in total, including interview and debriefing.  A detailed written report is supplied a few weeks after the assessment, which contains relevant history, test results, conclusions and recommendations for addressing any areas of difficulty which emerged.

Students who suspect they have dyslexia should discuss it with parents, teachers or relevant personnel in your school or college, e.g. the Guidance Counsellor or Special Education Teacher at second level or a member of the Disability Support service in your college.  A screening test may be performed if available in your school/college.  Screening tests help to identify how ‘at risk’ a student is of having dyslexia.  If a student scores ‘highly at risk’ then a more in-depth assessment is advisable. This assessment should then describe the nature and extent of the problem and provide recommendations for useful help.

There are generally 3 ways to get an assessment done in Ireland – in school with NEPS, with the Dyslexia Association or with an independent private educational psychologist.

1. School-going children may be tested free by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS).  School principals will have information on this.  Schools are only allowed a limited number of assessments each year, so in practice, only students with very severe difficulties are likely to be seen through the school service.

2. For details on the Dyslexia Association of Ireland Educational Psychology Assessment service please visit our Assessment page.

3. 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 at, by emailing the Society at or by writing to P.S.I., Floor 2, Grantham House, Grantham St., Dublin 2.  School principals or college disability support staff may also know some private educational psychologists in your area who accept referrals.

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