Evaluation

Is it dyslexia? Haley’s Hope is the place to find this answer, or the place to continue your journey after exploring dyslexia with a physician or teachers.

Dyslexia is identifiable with 92 percent accuracy at age 5 1/2 , but necessary at any age if a child struggles with reading, writing and spelling.

Evaluations to identify dyslexia can be made by people extensively trained on evaluation methods. Kari Bucholz, our founder and a tutor since 2011, has this training. Her dyslexia evaluation knowledge has been both formally-tested and field-tested from screening hundreds of children across the years.

Medical diagnosis of dyslexiais performed by a neurologist with specific understanding of dyslexia, and many such doctors refer patients after diagnosis to Haley’s Hope. A medical diagnosis isn’t required to get tutoring at Haley’s Hope. Even with a medical diagnosis of dyslexia, it has been our experience that medical insurance doesn’t pay for instructional services at Haley’s Hope or elsewhere.

Whether you use our evaluation services to identify whether it’s dyslexia or come with a medical diagnosis, the most important step is determining whether a particular child’s challenges can be helped through our instruction. Our evaluations answer this vital question, add understanding to the severity of dyslexia and bring clarity and planning for the future.

(Please know that we can refer parents to neurologists for in-depth psychoeducational testing of their child if medical diagnosis is important to them, and we ALWAYS offer to do so if we suspect issues need their further attention.)


Primary Assessment:

Evaluating presence of dyslexia symptoms - $225

This is a basic academic assessment for those who haven’t already gotten medical diagnosis or who’ve received minimal or no past testing from another source. It reviews family history, tests key language and reading indicators, and reveals literacy weaknesses related to dyslexia. We are dyslexia experts and prepared to address dyslexia challenges, and it’s these indicators – some obvious, others less apparent – that we are looking for. It helps parents know whether Haley’s Hope is a path for skills improvement. Typically, this assessment is about two hours in length.


Full Evaluation for Dyslexia:

Comprehensive testing to identify dyslexia - $525 (K-5) - $675 (Grade 6 and up)

This is a conclusive assessment for those who have limited or no past testing from another source or medical diagnosis, and want standardized measurements helpful to understand or confirm dyslexia. It is our deepest look into learning challenges and skill levels of the individual. We gather a comprehensive history and involve multiple scored-measurement tests. This is an academic assessment, not a medical diagnosis. It rules out other common causes of reading difficulties and identifies whether symptoms match those of dyslexia. Comprehensive findings, about 10 pages, will document and articulate the student’s learning challenges, plans for the future and modifications to use at school and at home. This data is useful for parents to navigate educational environments.

This full evaluation isn’t intended for use in determining eligibility for school-based intervention, as that is the school’s role. It does add comprehensive and valuable documentation to share with schools and possibly request additional resources for your student.


Pre-Tutoring Placement Screening

For those already having a diagnosis of dyslexia - $125

This 90-minute assessment evaluates ability to verbally manipulate sounds. It tells us readiness for the Susan Barton Method, or whether the individual will benefit instead by starting with the Foundations in Sounds program also taught by Haley’s Hope. Parents will bring a recent writing sample, copy of school IEP or 504 plans, and any prior testing results. We guide you toward next steps in helping your child, and provide a short report that recaps the results. This evaluation is included within the more extensive assessments above.