Free Dyslexia Screening Resources
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.
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.
An 11- to 32-item questionnaire from Reading Horizons provides a measure of risk based on a person’s characteristics and difficulties with reading skills. The test is suitable for an individual of any age.
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 screeners and questionnaires 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.
Kindergarten Foundational Skills Survey by Really Great Reading; assesses:
- Functional Vocabulary
- Phonological/Phonemic awareness
- Letter Knowledge
- High Frequency Word Reading
1st Grade Foundational
Skills Survey by Really Great Reading; assesses:
- Print Concepts
- Phonological Awareness
- Sight words
- Diagnostic Decoding Surveys for grades 2-12 by Really Great Reading
- Sight Word Fluency Survey by Really Great Reading
- Letter Knowledge Survey by Really Great Reading
- Phonological Awareness Survey by Really Great Reading