What is a diagnostic assessment?

A diagnostic assessment legally establishes that an individual does indeed have a condition such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

How much does it cost?

A workplace diagnostic costs £475 plus VAT (price correct as at June 2013).  Lower rates are available for self-funding clients; do contact us for more information.

What happens during the testing?

A Chartered Occupational Psychologist will take you or your employee through a range of ability assessments.  The assessments look at verbal and visual skills, as well as literacy and fine motor control.  These take between 2 and 4 hours.  We will also ask about early development and education, to build a good picture of difficulties and strengths.

How do you know if it IS Dyslexia or Dyspraxia?

We will know by looking for big differences in the scores.  If some scores are in the competent range or above, but others are weaker, this is the best indicator.  Memory difficulties also play a role, but only some types of memory, not all.  We also take history and experience into consideration.  Lots of pieces of the puzzle come together to form a diagnosis.

Do I need a Psychologist?

A Chartered Occupational Psychologist can assess dyslexia and dyspraxia, whereas a medical assessment is needed for AD(H)D or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Where AD(H)D or ASD are shown WITH Dyslexia or Dyspraxia, the Psychologist can reference this.

Specialist Teachers and Educational Psychologists can also make diagnoses.  You should check that the assessor has additional training in workplace issues, because learning needs are different to workplace performance.

An Occupational Psychologist is trained specifically to work with adults, in workplace settings.

When will I get feedback?

Our Psychologists feed back to our clients instantly – a brief overview of what are noticing so far and what you can do straight away to help.  We then deliver a report to our clients within 10 working days.  We let the individual check and understand the report before forwarding a summary to the employer.  The summary will have details of the diagnosis, strengths and weaknesses and what to do about it, but not personal history and IQ scores.

We always give the option of a follow up phone call or meeting, because the most important thing to us is that you understand your report.

What happens after a report?

There will be some recommendations that you can put into place immediately.  There will also be some follow up resources to explore.

Will I know what reasonable adjustments I need to implement?

No, in order to be thorough about reasonable adjustments, you need a workplace needs assessment.  This is because reasonable adjustments have to take into account the individual’s ability AND the demands of their job.  For this, we have to talk to managers as well as look at the workspace and tools

Do I need a diagnostic assessment to get Access to Work support?

No.  Access to Work decided that since Dyslexia was the only disabling condition that you couldn’t have diagnosed for free, they shouldn’t need you to pay for it!  This means that an online screening test will be okay for Access to Work support.


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