Dyslexia screening


Screening appointments are only during term time. 

The Dyslexia Indication Screening should be used by yourself or in the case of your child, their school, to look into any issues found in the report. The screening is not a final diagnosis. It is a “red warning flag” letting you or your child’s school know that support might be needed.

Screening for children aged 5 – 15 years

Screening for older children (16 upwards) and adults

How to book screenings

Private tutor and assessor contact list

Data Protection Act

Future help


Think your child may have dyslexia?

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Dyslexia Indication screening for children aged 5 – 15 years

We offer a screening service which utilises the LUCID Rapid Screening programme, a computer programme which tests working memory, phonological processing and visual-verbal integration memory (5–7 years) or phonic decoding skills (8-15 years), looking at the areas of difficulty that are most common to dyslexic children. It is a fun process, and the results are available in an easy to understand print-out which gives an indication of the likelihood of dyslexia. We also use LASS and an analysis of handwriting.

This is a useful tool for parents, who are concerned that their child may be dyslexic, and can provide a starting point for either a more comprehensive assessment for dyslexia, or evidence that the child is unlikely to be dyslexic, so that parents can move on to try and support their child’s learning in a different direction. This service is helpful for parents who are trying to negotiate with their school or Local Education Authority for help for their child, as it can provide some ‘ammunition’ for the case for additional learning support. It also helps parents to understand how their child’s difficulties affect their learning, and their behaviour at home and at school, and to identify ways of helping their child.

The Rapid Screening assessment together with a consultation with the screener, which may also include testing for visual difficulties using coloured overlays if this seems appropriate, lasts about one and a half hours to two hours.


Think you may have dyslexia?

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Dyslexia Indication screening for older children (16 upwards) and adults:

There is also a LADS computer-screening programme which is suitable for older students and adults, and gives a swift, objective indication of dyslexia. It can take around one to two hours to administer and provides an immediate report with automatic interpretation. It tests verbal and non-verbal reasoning, lexical access, phonological processing and working memory. We can also test for visual difficulties using coloured overlays if this seems appropriate.

For adults who are concerned that they may be dyslexic, this is a first step to identifying whether dyslexia is a possible reason for many of the problems that they have experienced through school, and into their adult working life.

How to book screenings

Please contact our Screening Co-ordinator, Karen Sparkes at:-
Email WFDACo-ordinator@outlook.com or
Telephone number: 07852 232 509
(office hours 10 – 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during term time only).

When are the appointments
Held on Tuesdays during term time only, Adult appointments are at 5.00pm, children (up to age 16) 4pm onwards. It may be possible to arrange other times please discuss this with the Screening Co-ordinator. Please note that there is a short waiting list for screening.

Where to go for your screening:
George Mitchell School (Secondary Site) Farmer Road, Leyton, E10 5DN. Please do not park in the school. There are no permit parking restrictions outside school. Leyton Underground is a 20 minute walk and the 69 and 97 buses run past the top of the road.

Cost for screening:
£45 for children (up to age 16). Adults (over 16) £55 for approximately one and a half hour to two hour appointment.

Before we will book an appointment we will require a £15 deposit. We accept the following payment methods:- cheques or postal orders, cash, BACS payment or Paypal*.

*If paying by PayPal the full amount is to be paid at booking stage otherwise you will need to pay two separate Paypal charges. (Full screening payment of £45.80 for a child or £56.00 for an adult quoting the name of the person to be screened as a reference in the special instructions box.)

Concessionary rate:
WFDA does not want anybody to be unable to access our screening service because of cost. If you are unemployed, on benefits, on a low income or are not able to afford the full cost please discuss this at the time of booking the screening.

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Private tutor and assessor contact list

If you require a full assessment please see below. 

Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association cannot reccommend individual assessors , it is up to individuals to ask for qualifications, references, etc. However the following is a potential list if you require a more detailed assessment and is intended to be informative and is provided for general information purposes only, it should not be treated as a substitute for the advice given by any professional.

Tutors and Assessors
Tutors and Assessors
Assessors and information



Data Protection Act

Please note that your details will be held on computer.  WFDA works in accordance with the Data Protection Act to protect your information.  It is held confidentially and will be used by the WFDA only to allow us to assist people with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) and their families.  It will not be passed or sold to any third party.

Future Help

If the screening carried out indicates that your child is dyslexic, it may be that you would like to arrange additional classes for them outside of school.  We offer low cost literacy, numeracy, touch typing and handwriting support in small groups, for dyslexic children.  If you would be interested in this, please let us know.  We keep a waiting list for our classes, and children are placed as appropriately and sensitively as possible, with children who have a similar level of need.

All our classes are run by qualified dyslexia tutors.

Screening Information Sheet (PDF)

WFDA Helpsheets

Screening Assessment Testimonal

Dear Sheena

We received an inspiring and helpful assessment for XX, she was diagnosed with Moderate Dyslexia but was not considered in need of Dyslexia tuition or literacy classes. Instead she will receive help at school and at home. Thank you so much for your help with XX at her screening with the service.
XX has dyslexia that mainly affects her organisation and sequencing, planning with mild spelling and phonic difficulties. But none of her teachers ever expected a problem, she is in the gifted range and therefore they just believed she wasn’t trying hard enough.

After your test we were able to go on to get her glasses with coloured lenses , which have helped with word skipping and many other aspects. We have been able to get her extra help with planning and organisation. We have been able to understand why she gets so frustrated and overwhelmed. In addition, when we took her to a behavioural optometrist he recommended we see a sensory integration therapist. XX has sensory integration disorder and we have been able to get her specialist help to address this.
Previously, XX was referred to as a very gifted child who tried extremely hard but just remained disorganised and sometimes didn’t focus or try hard enough. We were told there is no way She could ever have any other issues. We were spending every single scrap of paycheck on our other child who had severe problems. XXi was not the focus. In fact when we walked into the testing centre, I was sure I had done the wrong thing.

Your sensitive, understanding, well run service, enabled us to test her and to understand her, it enabled her to explain why she has tantrums and gets so frustrated, skips words or is a high level reader who doesn’t always understand the meaning of what she writes and therefore can not plan a story. Also, why she can’t stand spelling tests and why her maths tests often have amazing answers to completely different questions or why in tests, due to planning weakness, she always runs out of time. XX had also been assessed as depressed.

Since attending your service she has been so much happier. Most importantly, we are now able to help both children. I can not express our gratitude enough, you have changed the lives of our children. We want to say a huge thank you for providing this valuable resource. Once again, thank you to all your staff and volunteers for all your extremely valuable help.