The appraisal looks at a child’s feelings relating to school, social life, literacy and numeracy. It will ask about: following instructions; playing with friends; math; reading; writing; spelling; PE and hobbies etc.
The appraisal will also look at a child’s visual, auditory, memory and sequencing skills. This includes phonic awareness, sight word recognition, writing and reading skills. The math part of the appraisal covers adding, subtracting, multiplying and division abilities, number bonds up to 10, times tables and telling the time.
There is time for parents to share their feelings, concerns and experiences. This is important in discovering any additional factors that can affect learning, e.g. main teacher away, illnesses, long periods off school and family history of dyslexia etc.
The appraisal takes about 2hrs at a cost of £95; this includes discussion, the initial appraisal, report, and an information booklet given to parents of children with dyslexic tendencies.