If your child is having problems with reading, writing and spelling, the Children’s Dyslexia Center – Boston North is here to help. We are structured and funded to serve a specific population: children with dyslexia. Our application process requires a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation. Contact Us for details.
While we do not require a dyslexia diagnosis, the psycho-educational assessment required helps us target children who meet the diagnostic profile of dyslexia. The admission application, parent interview, and the psychological evaluation help us get to know the child and whether or not our reasoning-based approach would be appropriate for him or her.
When a child applies to the CDC program, it is our policy to inform the parents of the required assessments for admission to the program. We inform parents the assessment of cognitive abilities required is to be less than 3 years old and the assessment of achievement is required to be less than 2 years old. This is in the child’s best interest and provides us with the best diagnostic profile for the child.
Many of the children who apply for admission to the Dyslexia Center have these assessments done as part of their educational programs in their schools. In this case, a copy of the results of the evaluation can be sent to the center along with the application.
If a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment has not been done, the parents/guardians can request/convene a team meeting and determine whether conducting a formal evaluation is appropriate, based on a review of the child’s educational performance, or the parents/guardians can hire an independent evaluator to conduct the assessment.
Please contact us for an application, which must be completed and submitted with supporting assessment documentation. If you have questions, please contact the center for more admission process information.
For additional information on dyslexia, below are some helpful resources:
•International Dyslexia Association – Non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.
•Learning Disabilities Association of America – Offers parent support, information and referral network, legislation, etc.
•National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
•National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)