Diagnostic Assessment

  • Catherine Christo
  • Stephen E. Brock
  • John Davis
Part of the Developmental Psychopathology at School book series (DPS)

The primary purpose of a school-based assessment for a child suspected of having dyslexia is to provide information useful in educational planning. This may include information relevant to special education eligibility as well as information that helps teams better understand children and their processing, and decide on the most appropriate instructional interventions. Chapter 5 discussed the diagnosis of dyslexia and related academic disorders primarily in the context of DSM-IV-TR. This chapter will address diagnosis in relation to the need for special education services (IDEIAeligibility) and the components of an evaluation that are most pertinent to educational planning. Many school practitioners are uncomfortable making a determination that a child has “dyslexia”; however, we would argue that a well-trained school psychologist with the requisite knowledge of this disorder is more than capable of determining whether a child’s cognitive and academic profile fits the definition of...


Phonological Awareness Word Reading Phonological Processing Oral Language Special Education Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Christo
    • 1
  • Stephen E. Brock
  • John Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation & School PsychologyCalifornia State University, SacramentoSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Califonia State UniversityHaywardUSA

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