Perhaps you have been wondering about your child’s reading progress… Or maybe you want to know if your child is at risk for dyslexia due to dyslexia running in your family? Or what if you have tried to convince your child’s teacher about your concerns and now you just don’t want to wait any longer for the school to take action?
Children with dyslexia most often have difficulties with phonological awareness, verbal memory, and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities and can therefore affect anyone. Some children with dyslexia may also experience difficulties in language learning, motor coordination, mental calculation, concentration, and personal organization.
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Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Children with dyslexia most often have difficulties with phonological awareness, verbal memory, and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities and can therefore affect anyone. Some children with dyslexia may also experience difficulties in language learning, motor coordination, mental calculation, concentration, and personal organization.
Chris de Feijter has been working with kids with learning disabilities since 1999. From 1999 to 2006, he operated a large dyslexia treatment centre in The Netherlands. Now he is thrilled to continue to use his (renewed) knowledge in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Not all children with dyslexia are affected in the same way. Some may have mild problems, while others will have more profound difficulties across more than one area. Below are some common difficulties
Many children with dyslexia excel in some areas of their development and learning, including:
STG uses the only research-based standardized assessment for remote administration to determine if your child. It does not take long, your child’s participation is about 15 minutes to 25 minutes.
The screening appointment takes about 90 minutes, including about 15 minutes with your child doing a screening assessment. It is the responsibility of the family to obtain all the needed information prior to the appointment. After booking a screening appointment, you will be provided a checklist to take to your child's school to request the needed information. Parents are also provided a link to an online form to complete to gather essential information about their child's performance.
Reading difficulties should be addressed as early as possible. The STG Dyslexia Screening appointment can be booked for children ages 6 to 16, as long as your child can pay attention to instruction provided in the online appointment.
You will need a PC, Mac, or Laptop with webcam and microphone for the Screening appointment. A phone does not work. You will need to have Zoom installed on your device as well. In addition, a quiet space and headsets for your child to do the screening are essential.
You will be emailed a link to complete the online version of the STG Dyslexia Screening Questionnaire. This questionnaire is completed by yourself. In addition, you will receive a list of optional records to obtain from your child's school. The more information you provide about your child's language development, the better your examiner can assist you.
You can book the appointment right after you register, however, make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the questionnaire.
First you will meet with your examiner, who is a professional highly trained in evaluating learning disabilities. Together you'll go over the questionnaire and the records from the school to determine a pattern of strengths and weaknesses that is common with learning difficulties.
Next, your child's attends the screening part of the appointment: about 15 minutes of dedicated time working together with the examiner. Your child will first practice using the ZOOM annotation tool, and then participates in the screening.
The examiner will analyze the screening results after the session and will then will discuss the results with you and connects the screening results to the findings from the questionnaire and records from the school (if available). If deemed beneficial - for example the screening, questionnaire, and school records suggest that your child is at risk for a learning disability - your examiner might recommend further assessment through the STG Assessment of Learning. You will receive an STG Dyslexia Screening Evaluation Note as a secure PDF within 5 days after the screening appointment.
Absolutely. The STG Dyslexia Screening service is part of a larger neuropsychological assessment of learning, and is research-based. In fact, the STG Managing Partner Dr. Chris de Feijter has been working with children with learning disabilities since the late 1990-ies and he was instrumental in getting dyslexia recognized as a legitimate condition in Europe.
No. It is the first step to gathering essential information that might lead to a diagnosis of a specific learning disability such as dyslexia in a later phase through the STG Assessment of Learning Service. At STG we prefer to do assessments step-by-step to prevent misguidance. For example, if your child's results on the STG Screening and background information analysis indicate no evidence of a learning disorder, the STG Examiner will recommend discontinuing the continuation of a learning assessment. However, if there are clear indicators, your child's examiner will recommend to continue with the STG Assessment of Learning.
In some cases, your examiner would want to re-evaluate your child's performance during the screening test. But rest assured, after the final delivery of the screening results, the recording will be deleted. Please note that the recording is saved in a HIPAA compliant environment.
I strongly believe that no one should be pressured to decide whether or not they want to work with a therapist before meeting them. I will see you (and your child) at no charge to make sure we are a good fit for each other. Every therapist works in their own unique way so I want you to be certain you feel comfortable with the way I work. The initial meeting is not a therapy session; it’s designed to be low-key and low-pressure with no “hard sell” at the end.