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What questions to use for the Dyslexia Questionnaire

Over the years we have had a number of different types of questionnaires for use in our Dyslexia Questionnaire, which has either been as a standalone, or with other SpLDs. The question is, which is “best”. Of course, there can … Continue reading

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Content of the new New Word Spelling Test

It would be inappropriate to put all the items of the test up here. But I can share the main “characteristics” of the test. There are 15 items in all. Seven are CVC words, four are CVCC, and two are … Continue reading

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Making the new New Word Spelling test

Let’s start with a few basic questions: What is a “New Word Spelling Test”? Basically, it is a spelling test whereby the individual is asked to spell which they are not familiar with, either because they are very rare or … Continue reading

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Reading Summary

These questions were designed to be the Reading related questions, combining questions that were previously used, ones that appeared to have face validity and ones that fellow practitioners also noted. The question I want to address here are: how do … Continue reading

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How fast do you think you read compared to most people?

This question was not one used in the earlier (2000) questionnaire but was included to¬†widen the range of potential questions, and to see if what has been used by some researchers is a valid indicator or dyslexia, or should at … Continue reading

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How difficult is it for you to understand what you have read, e.g. when reading a book or paper, do you have to re-read sections to understand the content?

Reading comprehension is a common item in dyslexia screening questionnaires, not surprisingly. However, once again the overlap is significant, and therefore the predictive quality is limited. Or perhaps a more realistic (correct?) way to put it is that non-dyslexic individuals … Continue reading

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How often do you avoid reading books because of the effort or difficulty in doing so?

This seems like a logical question which practitioners find in most dyslexic adults. After all, if you are dyslexic, it would seem logical The trouble with this question is that everybody can interpret it in their own way. So some … Continue reading

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How often do you lose your place or miss out lines when reading?

We can all miss out lines when reading, and that creates problems with understanding, to say the least. But it seems logical that dyslexic individuals would do it more often. But the honest answer is that in the earlier work … Continue reading

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How difficult do you find reading aloud?

Reading aloud in front of others can be a major difficulty for most dyslexic individuals. Reading to oneself can be problematic, but to show to others ones can Once again, there appears to be a steady progression, in line with … Continue reading

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DQ – How often do you confuse visually similar words, such as cat and cot?

This question reflects the problem that many reluctant readers suffer from, which is that sometimes they resort to a quick visual scan and make rapid decisions based on what is seen. The question is why? It may be they are … Continue reading

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