Due to laws in some states, evaluations currently conducted by schools may not qualify as an acceptable method for diagnosing dyslexia. Thus begins the journey for many families as they attempt to obtain the necessary documentation that would entitle their child to services and accommodations. When there are signs of dyslexia, many families are forced to rely on an evaluaion from the school that would provide the more generic classification of specific learning disability.
For families who want to know whether dyslexia is the actual cause of reading problems, or when an official diagnosis of dyslexia is required, this can mean paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for an evaluation by a neuropsychologist. In areas where such an evaluation is not available or affordable, parents may seek a medical diagnosis from a family doctor.
Research indicates that children with dyslexia have the best outcomes when they receive early, targeted intervention that prevents reading difficulties from becoming more serious and long-lasting deficits. The ultimate goal of identifying signs of dyslexia is to provide these appropriate interventions as early as possible. Children who don’t receive such services in the early grades are significantly more likely to experience academic failure.