Clinical Neuropsychologist Registrar Holly Nelson and Clinical Neuropsychologist Juhi Sanghavi conduct dyslexia assessments for children and adults. The assessment provides valuable information for the individual, their parent/s, teachers and caregivers regarding difficulties that may be impacting on the person's learning or development.

Dyslexia affects approximately 10% of the Australian population. It is a lifelong specific learning difficulty/disability, characterised by persistent difficulties with reading and spelling. A comprehensive assessment and diagnosis can have a positive impact on a child's learning and development, by providing information for parents and teachers about the child's strengths and limitations. This can assist in tailoring literacy instruction for the child and therefore, helping them reach their educational potential.

What are the signs of Dyslexia?

Lower Primary School

  • Difficulties with oral rhyming, syllabification, blending and segmenting of sounds in words

  • Delayed speech and language development

  • Limited spoken vocabulary

  • Difficulty in the acquisition of letter knowledge

  • Slow and inaccurate word recognition

  • Inability to read nonsense words

  • Poor spelling

  • Difficulty understanding reading material

  • Difficulties with understanding tasks requiring reasonable working memory capacity – such as following instructions or remembering sequential information


Upper Primary School

  • Reduced ability to isolate and manipulate individual sounds in words

  • Difficulties holding verbal information (eg instructions) in working memory

  • Slow to complete literacy-based tasks

  • Reading is slow and not fluent

  • Visually similar words are often confused when reading

  • Trouble decoding unfamiliar words

  • Poor reading comprehension

  • Limited retention of orthographic knowledge including spelling patterns

  • Numerous spelling errors (phonetic or non-phonetic)

  • Significant discrepancy between verbal ability and written skills

  • A lack of interest in or avoidance of reading and writing tasks

  • Ongoing difficulties in working memory


Secondary School

  • Poor reading fluency

  • Reduced reading comprehension (may need to re-read material many times to comprehend)

  • Poor spelling, including lack of knowledge of patterns in words and morphological knowledge (affixes and base words)

  • Poor writing fluency

  • Difficulties writing in a structured manner (ie poor sentence and paragraph construction, unable to structure essays)

  • Slow speed of writing

  • Disorganisation and difficulties with planning

  • Limited working memory

  • Word finding difficulties

  • A lack of interest in or avoidance of reading and writing tasks

  • Working memory difficulties may become more pronounced

What does an assessment involve?

The assessment process generally consists of:

  • An initial session with adult clients or with a child's parent/s only, to discuss relevant background information and ascertain whether an assessment is appropriate

  • 2 assessment sessions with the adult or child, which run for approximately 2 hours each

  • A feedback session in which the comprehensive assessment report is provided and feedback about the assessment results is given.

How much does a dyslexia assessment cost?

The fee for a psycho-educational assessment is $1700 which includes a comprehensive written report and feedback session. There are no Medicare rebates for psycho-educational assessments.


Payment for assessments can be made in instalments by prior agreement. However, full payment must be received before the psychologist writes their written report. Please let our receptionist know if you would like to pay in instalments.

What is the waiting period for an assessment?

Our current waiting time is approximately 2-4 weeks.

How do I arrange an assessment for myself or my child?

You do not need a referral to arrange an assessment. Simply call our receptionists on 9456 0411 or email: info@amherstpsychology.com.au . 

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