View Full Version : Dyslexia Testing

03-29-2011, 01:17 AM
What is the typical age that kids are tested for dyslexia? Can an eye doctor diagnose dyslexia? My 7.5 yo son has an appt with an optometrist and an opthamologist in April...

I know this is the place to start, to rule out vision issues.

Just curious if I should pursue a dyslexia test asap.


03-29-2011, 09:35 AM
No, not usually.

Check out th International Dyslexia Association's find a tester feature for your state. It is usually an educational specialist, trained in dyslexic evaluation.


Also, 8 has been the age told to me as the target age for correct diagnosis of dyslexia, since so many of the issues can be developmental as well.

03-31-2011, 12:45 AM
Thank you Esther for the information. I've done more reading since posting this and if my son has it, I think it's mild because he doesn't have all the symptoms. I'm trying to hang tight and wait for the eye/vision appts first then move on to the next thing. It's causing a lot of stress and anxiety for me. I feel like I did back when I had high risk pregnancies. *sigh* But I know he's living, breathing and healthy. We can overcome or work around a learning disability or dyslexia.

04-01-2011, 11:17 PM
Thanks for that link,Esther!
I've been wondering about the age,too. My 7yo has some of the symptoms,too.but she is developmentally behind,too.
Maybe I'll wait a few months before pursuing testing.

Dawn Gilmore
04-30-2011, 11:25 AM
Another very good website for dyslexia information is:


If you send them an e-mail requesting it, they will send you a list of certified dyslexia testing specialists in your state.

According to a dyslexia lecture I went to last night, a trained person can pick it up in a preschooler. Schools can (but won't, generally) screen and/or test for it in Kindergarten.