Dyslexia Testing in the Twin Cities (MN)

Many people think that dyslexia is a learning disability where children have trouble reading because they see letters backwards, flipping letters like b and d. The real problem in dyslexia is not quite so simple though.

When people struggle with dyslexia, they’re actually having a hard time connecting the letters they see on the page with the sounds that those letters make.

With this being among the first steps in the reading process, it makes every other step a little slower and takes more effort to get through afterwards. Here are a few common signs of dyslexia:

  • Reading slowly out loud

  • Leaving out/replacing small words like “of” or “where”

  • Problems spelling, either spelling words phonetically (“shud” instead of “should”), leaving out letters, or changing the order of the letters

  • Mixing up sounds in longer words (like saying “pasghetti” instead of “spaghetti” or “cimmanon” instead of “cinnamon”)

  • Trouble expressing their thoughts in writing, struggling to organize thoughts or back up their arguments

  • Avoids reading whenever possible

What is dyslexia testing like?

Dyslexia assessments generally look at your child’s reading abilities, assessing how significant the challenges are and looking at what specifically trips them up.

Most assessments miss the other areas that make life challenging for kids with dyslexia though. This can include problems with certain parts of memory, attention, and how quickly they can recall words.

When assessments miss the other not-so-obvious areas, it can still leave kids feeling frustrated and struggling, even after you’ve dealt with those reading issues.

This is why you can be confident that our testing will look at multiple areas of your child’s life – from reading and writing issues to their unique learning style, memory profile, and other processing abilities.

Testing is usually done in 2 or 3 different sessions, generally lasting 2-3 hours each.

With a comprehensive view of your child’s strengths and challenges, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s getting in the way of them reaching their potential – and you’ll have a complete list of concrete recommendations and resources to help them.