When a child applies to the Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster program, it is our policy to inform the parents of the required assessments for admission to the program. We inform parents the assessment of cognitive abilities required is to be less than 3 years old and the assessment of achievement is required to be less than 2 years old. This is in the child’s best interest and provides us with the best diagnostic profile for the child.
Many of the children who apply for admission to the Dyslexia Center have these assessments done as part of their educational programs in their schools. In this case, a copy of the results of the evaluation can be sent to the center along with the application.
If a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment has not been done, the parents/guardians can request/convene a team meeting and determine whether conducting a formal evaluation is appropriate, based on a review of the child’s educational performance, or the parents/guardians can hire an independent evaluator to conduct the assessment.