Comprehensive Reading Evaluation
The purpose of a formal reading evaluation is to present a practical and realistic assessment of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. This assessment forms the basis for appropriate instruction and relevant interventions. It measures your child’s decoding and receptive language skills.
The decoding portion of the evaluation will include tests of:
• Word identification (word recognition)
• Word attack (phonics)
• Fluency (rate and accuracy)
• Passage comprehension
The receptive language portion includes tests that measure listening comprehension and vocabulary. Listening comprehension tests measure how well your child understands language and can alert you to receptive language problems that negatively impact reading comprehension.
In addition, weaknesses in phonological processing skills are the leading cause of reading disabilities. The phonological processing portion of this evaluation will include test of:
• Phonological/phonemic awareness
• Phonological memory
• Rapid naming
If your child has a history of speech and language problems or you suspect a language problem our assessment will also include speech and language testing. Finally, your child’s hearing and vision should be checked, as it is important to rule out problems with visual acuity.