The current situation that we’re experiencing has brought its challenges to us all and we wish our clients and business partners well during this difficult time. With face to face meetings not currently happening we’ve made a couple of changes to QuickScreen, which will make it more inclusive.

At Pico Education we have been approached by universities, public organisations and individuals who have asked if our dyslexia test can be used as evidence to present to various exam boards and for DSAs (Disabled Students’ Allowances). This has become more of an issue since one-to-one assessments are not that easy to conduct at this time.

Technology is allowing innovative Zoom sessions for teaching and consultations and we at Pico Education have also been looking at ways we can help at this time. We have now incorporated at least some of the key elements of relevant background and family incidence into our online tests as well as further refining the reports.

Greater Inclusion

Whilst our tests have so far been a one off measure of current performance, which meant that mainly those with a ‘functional dyslexia’ were identified, QuickScreen will also highlight those would be described as ‘largely compensated’. These are adults who may or may not have been assessed previously, and who have always found literacy a bit of a problem area, but thanks to full time study and the use of strategies have made gains in levels of literacy. This upgrade will better reflect the assessment process and will enable fuller inclusion.

We do recognise that even with high levels of compensation – a person with dyslexia is still at risk. They are likely to encounter unexpected moments of under-performance and difficulties in numerous situations that cannot all be predicted in a one-off assessment. Therefore these likely fluctuations in performance will now be addressed so that they can be accommodated both in an academic and an employment setting.

Our research and improvements to our products are a key part of our continuous commitment to those with dyslexia.

Our dyslexia tests

We have two dyslexia tests available:

  • QuickScreen – a very thorough online dyslexia test for young people and adults aged 17+
  • QuickScan – an established online dyslexia questionnaire to help indicate dyslexia, appropriate for those aged 14+

If you’re wanting a dyslexia test/screening tool for younger children, we highly recommend Paloma Forde at Screening4Dyslexia. Screenings are available for children aged 5 up to the age of 16. They are computerised and will give you an indicative score as to the likelihood of the child being ‘at risk’.

A quick read…

Someone we regularly support is, Sam The Dyslexic. He’s published an article about his experience with working for the Police – it’s definitely worth a read.

Lastly stay safe, stay healthy and remain positive.

Best wishes

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Dr D. Walker

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