Free Dyslexia Screening Resources

Resources

Only a medical professional can formally diagnose dyslexia. However, a number of free screening tools are available to help you determine whether a child has characteristics of dyslexia. If you suspect a child has dyslexia and may need further evaluation, speak with the special education administrator at the child’s school, consult with a psychologist, or reach out to your state’s International Dyslexia Association branch for assistance.

Resources for Parents

The Mississippi Department of Education provides a free online dyslexia screener to its schools through a company called Lexercise. The screener is designed for kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Lexercise also offers a free dyslexia screener for general audiences.

The company Dynaread offers a free online dyslexia test recommended for students ages 7-12. The results can be downloaded as a PDF.

Online Reading Tutor’s free apps for Apple devices and Android devices assess a child’s ability to decode (sound out) nonsense words, a key marker of dyslexia.

An easy-to-use questionnaire from LearningAlly.org can help you determine whether language and reading difficulties you’ve observed may be characteristics of dyslexia.

Parents of Alabama children in grades 1 – 8 can request a free dyslexia evaluation from Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation Learning Centers.

Other Scottish Rite clinics and centers may offer free services, including tutoring, for children with dyslexia. Parents in southern states should locate a nearby center with a Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program and contact the location to ask about available services. Parents in northern states should locate a nearby Children’s Dyslexia Center.

Resources for Schools

The two screeners above may be used by educators as well as parents. In addition, the following screening tools are recommended by the Houston Independent School District based on information from the Neuhaus Education Center.

Neuhaus Tools

The Neuhaus Education Center provides these free screening tools: