About the Profiler
Below you will find more information about the Dyslexia+ Profiler, and what is included in the reports.
Who is Dyslexia+ Profiler for?
The Dyslexia+ Screener is for you if you think you may have Dyslexia or someone has said you may, and allows you to take your first step to see if this is likely. Dyslexia+ Profiler is for if you want your skills assessed, in order to better understand your strengths and weaknesses, and gain some practical support with resources. The tools have been designed for 16 years and over, and offers you guidance if you are in employment, seeking employment or in further or higher education.
So why should I use this?
A diagnosis in some settings may be important so for a few people you may have to follow this up with an assessment. However, we recognise that every person is different and so your personalised report with resources and strategies are designed for you and your profile rather than a label. That is what Dyslexia+ Profiler is all about and may be more than enough to help you!
What is included?
It provides you with a picture of your strengths and areas of challenge, and practical guidance and links to resources.
What can you use the report for?
Although primarily aimed at practical and personalised support, you can also share the report with others, such as your line manager if you are in employment, or a tutor if you are an apprentice, in college, or at university.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Dyslexia+ Profiler.
What is dyslexia?
There is plenty of confusion as to what is dyslexia. But really it is very simple:
Dyslexia is a difficulty in the acquisition of fluent and accurate reading, writing and spelling skills.That really is all there is to it. However, it would be wrong to just leave it there. So let us try to understand it a little better. Firstly, the definition says it is about the acquisition, not if you are a good speller now. So if you had problems as a child compared to others in the class, but do not have them now, that probably means that you have learned to cope with the difficulties, possibly through specialist teaching, assistive technology, strategies to overcome difficulties or avoidance difficulties.
Dyslexia is lifelong, but the difficulties may be hidden.However, there is not a dyslexia gene (despite what you may read!), or even a “reading gene”.
Literacy requires many different processes to work together in harmony to help the development of fluent and accurate literacy. There are genes that can impact upon those cognitive skills necessary for literacy skills. And these underlying cognitive skills are not exclusive to reading and writing and can have a significant impact upon other areas.
Hence we can often find common traits in dyslexic individuals which whilst they are not literacy-related, they can still be an indicator of dyslexia.
By understanding what could be the underlying cause(s), we can start to build a support strategy, remembering that every dyslexic is different. Thus two individuals may appear to have the same spelling difficulties, but one may be caused by poor phonological (sound-based) skills and the other may be due to memory issues.
Furthermore, we can improve those phonological skills with appropriate teaching, but we cannot improve memory (despite what you may read!). However, if you know that memory is an issue, then you can identify where memory causes problems in daily routines, and develop strategies to overcome those limitations.
(FACT: Did you know that Sir Richard Branson is very dyslexic because of his memory issues. So he always carries a large (so he cannot lose it) notebook with him, which is uses in all business meetings and court cases!)
Will it say if I am dyslexic?
A formal diagnosis of Dyslexia is usually only provided by an appropriately qualified assessment specialist such as an educational psychologist. However, the report will confirm your areas of strengths and weaknesses, and will tell you if your profile is consistent with someone with dyslexia.
How long will it take?
In Dyslexia+ Profiler you need to complete all the modules in the main folder. This should take you about an hour or so depending on how fast you answer. But don’t worry, you do not have to do it all in one go. You can do it in several sessions . But please note that you can only do each test once. If you have to stop half-way through a test, you also have the option to continue where you left off.
Is there a time limit for access?
The assessments can only be completed once, but you don’t have to complete them all in one session. You can also access your report for up to two years after you have taken the modules.
Will I have to read a lot?
The Dyslexia+ Profiler Report is like a “Personalised Support Manual”. It has lots of information but we have tried to make it as dyslexia-friendly as possible, with information available in different formats. You may want to dip into the report and set some goals for yourself, and then review it when you need to. To make life easier, we also have shortened url’s (links to websites) so you don’t have to retype the whole link.
What device do I need?
The system works through your browser and should work on Windows, Apple and Android devices. To be dyslexia-friendly, the tests have sound files. You need reasonably fast internet speed to avoid frustration waiting for downloads. We do not advise you using it on a mobile phone.
Research & Development
There has been a lot of research into dyslexia for more than 100 years. Some of it is excellent, and some of it is dubious. It is complicated and it is widely misunderstood. Hopefully, from working in the field as both researchers and practitioners for more than 20 years, we understand the challenges of the researchers and, more importantly, the dyslexic individual themselves.
That research has involved the cognitive assessments and the self-assessment questions that are used in this screening tool. Based on research from more than 18,000 individuals, and using a continuous integration process (i.e. we are never happy unless we can make evidence-based improvements), the tool has reliability measures (alpha) in the category of Excellent, and has been repeatedly recommended in diverse context as the tool of choice by professional and end users looking for a well-developed tool that will guide further work, including a possible full (human) assessment.
Below are a few papers that may be of interest to you. They are chosen to show the types of questions we like to ask, and the challenges that we raise within a research environment, all of which help inform the development of our evidence-based Profilers.
Smythe I (2015) Composite scores: Do categories and dimensions offer real support? British Psychological Society.
Smythe I (2015) What makes a good concept definition for disabilities? A case study of executive function. British Psychological Society.
Smythe I (2014) The difficulties of finding appropriate norms for assessing adults for dyslexia. Assessment and Measurement. British Psychological Society.
Smythe I (2014) Inconsistencies in Dyslexia Assessment. Assessment and Measurement. British Psychological Society.
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