Evaluation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about evaluations at the Center:

If my child is identified by the Center as having characteristics of dyslexia, will this guarantee that he or she will receive special education services at school? 

No, schools must consider outside evaluations, but only the school based IEP team is authorized to make the decision regarding eligibility for special education services.

Is an evaluation outside of the schools required in order to consider a 504 plan?  

No, school teams can determine if a student has characteristics of dyslexia.  An outside evaluation or "diagnosis" is not required.  For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions: "Say Dyslexia" Guidance from the TN Department of Education; Item 10 provides information on 504 plan .

Why don’t you assess children in pre-kindergarten?

The mandate from the state directs the Center to provide services to students who are in grades kindergarten to 12.

Why don’t you assess individuals who are out of high school/in college?

The mandate from the state directs the Center to provide services to students who are in grades kindergarten to 12.

Why don’t you assess individuals who have already been identified with a Specific Learning Disability in Basic Reading Skills or Reading Fluency?

These students have already been found to have characteristics of dyslexia based on the eligibility criteria adopted by the state of Tennessee for those two categories. These students should be receiving dyslexia specific intervention services in accordance with TN law (TN HB 2616 / SB 2635).

Can you help my child get access to ACT or SAT accommodations?

No, the testing conducted at the Center does not meet the criteria required by the ACT or SAT.  Please refer to the ACT website or SAT website.

Do you test children for ADHD?
No, we do not perform an assessment of ADHD as part of our evaluation process.

Can my child with ADHD be assessed?

Yes, ADHD can co-occur with a reading disability. We can assess students with ADHD, but their performance on testing may or may not allow us to make valid interpretation of the test results.

Can my child with autism be assessed?

No.  Autism can co-occur with a reading disability.  However, the Center does not have the capacity to administer the full psycho-educational and language testing necessary for this circumstance.

Why don't you assess children who lack English proficiency?

Children who speak English as a second language and lack English proficiency can have dyslexia.  However, we do not have the resources necessary for this circumstance.

Does the Center evaluate handwriting?

No, children with dyslexia can also have problems with handwriting and other fine motor skills. However, the Center does not have the capacity to evaluate motor skills. Occupational therapists (OTs) are trained to evaluate fine motor skills. They work in schools and in private settings.

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