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Q1: What screening tools can my school use in identifying students who are at risk for dyslexia?
A: Children can be screened as early as four years of age for determining whether they are at risk for dyslexia. Early identification and intervention dramatically improves outcomes for children with dyslexia.
A sample list of assessment tools that professionals may wish to consider using in assessing students for dyslexia is available below. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. See “Screening & Assessment Tools”.
The Arkansas Department of Education addresses screening for dyslexia in its Dyslexia Resource Guide. Helpful information can be found on pages 19-28 in the attached link to this guide: Arkansas Dyslexia Resource Guide. A downloadable Rapid Naming Screener tool is also available at: Arkansas Rapid Naming Screener.
Mississippi has also created a Dyslexia Screening tool for kindergarten and first grade that can be found at: Mississippi Dyslexia Screener. A helpful video demonstration of the screener can be found at: Screener Demonstration Video.
The Center for Response to Intervention at American Institutes for Research does an annual review of screening tools that can be found at: Center for RTI Screening Tools Chart.
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Disclaimer: Please note that DDCA does not officially endorse, represent, or have a legal connection with any of the resources listed above. These are commercially available assessment tools that many teachers and professionals found useful in screening and assessing dyslexia. The list is just a sample and is not meant to be exhaustive.