The newly named Ann Robinowitz Education Center (formerly Newgrange Education Center) offers dyslexia screenings, diagnostic reading evaluations and full educational evaluations for students in whose parents have questioned whether their child may have a reading disorder, such as dyslexia. Our screenings and evaluations will help your child get back on the path to academic success!
Why Should My Child Get a Dyslexia Screening?
If your child is struggling with reading or falling behind in class, it’s wise to have him or her screened for dyslexia. Parents and teachers often believe these struggles are temporary, and that the child will catch up to his peers or outgrow the problem. It’s imperative to recognize that this isn’t always the case. Without proper intervention, most children who struggle with reading problems in school will continue to struggle with them as adults. While NJ now has a dyslexia law, its implementation varies from district to district, and is not applicable to private school students.
The Screening and Evaluation Process
The first step in the screening process is to gather information from parents and teachers about the child’s educational background, developmental and medical history, family history, and other details. Then, based on the information gathered, several tests will be given to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses in order to make a diagnosis and create an action plan for intervention.
The Ann Robinowitz Education Center uses both standardized and informal assessments during the testing process. Our comprehensive evaluation, performed by our highly qualified professionals, will test your child’s competencies in oral language, phonological skills, decoding, reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing, and spelling. Tests for younger children will typically measure language proficiency, which includes phonological awareness, memory, and rapid naming. In older children, tests may include word reading, spelling, and decoding.
The length of the evaluation varies based on the child’s age and the number of tests administered. For younger children, the test may typically take between three to four hours. For teens, the tests may take six to eight hours. This time does not include the hearing screening or vision screening that each child should have completed prior to this stage of the evaluation.
Prior to the evaluation, it’s important to have a conversation with your child so he or she knows what to expect. It’s also important your child understands that the purpose of the evaluation is to help identify his areas of strengths and weaknesses in order to come up with an action plan for success. If appropriate, the term “dyslexia” is used in our comprehensive reports. Our Screenings, in the other hand, do not lead to a diagnosis.
After the evaluation, you and your child will meet with school administrators to discuss the results, including diagnosis, recommendations, school accommodations, and next steps to get your child on the path to academic success.
If your child is struggling with reading, The Ann Robinowitz Education Center in Princeton, NJ can help by performing a comprehensive dyslexia screening. For more information, or to schedule a consultation or an assessment, please contact Susan Miller, MA, LDT-C at (609) 688-1280 ext. 215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.