Checking Students For Phonological Dyslexia & Visual Stress In Your Classroom:

Disclaimer – Let’s Keep Things Legally Safe.

Do watch these videos and do have a look at how a child matches what’s in this videos, however, you are absolutely definitely not going to be able to prove it for certain. Legally, I need to tell you that you need an expert in your local area to make an absolute, proper, exact diagnosis. However, the information that you’re about to see will be helpful in guiding you and is usually enough to go by for checking 90% of children for dyslexia and dyslexia symptoms… (On the bright side, the children who this informal testing does not clearly find are usually going to be the ones who have only got mild symptoms and for those kids dyslexia is not the root cause of their problem anyway)


3 Possible Scenarios… And you are about to learn about them in detail.

Remember the 3 possible dyslexia scenarios?

Scenario 1: It’s a visual issue – Visual stress/scotopic sensitivity/ Irlen Syndrome (I sometimes refer to it as visual dyslexia because that’s what parents often call it… But it’s not actually technically classed as dyslexia).

Scenario 2: It’s phonological dyslexia – when the child’s brain is slow to interpret the text as representing sounds.

Scenario 3: It’s something else… so let’s not jump to conclusions too quickly.

How To Check For Scotopic Sensitivity/ Irlen Syndrome/ Visual Stress


About half the children who come to me with parents saying they have phonological dyslexia… Actually don’t, they’ve just got visual stress (a.k.a. scotopic sensitivities/Irlen Syndrome).  Here’s the straightforward steps to check a child for visual stress.

Quick, Easy Tools For Diagnosing Visual Stress In Your Classroom

As teachers, we have limited time, energy and tools. Here are the simple tools I use myself when I’m working at school to check children for Visual Stress.

Checking for phonological dyslexia

These are the steps I usually take to recognise phonological dyslexia.  Later in the course you will see how this looks in practice me put these into practice for a couple of students, but right now, I wanted just show you what to look for. Recognizing phonological dyslexia is not something mystical or even difficult… When you know to look for these indicators.



What if it’s neither Visual Stress nor Phonological Dyslexia… so what could it be?

There are so many other reasons why a child could be struggling. Here are some of the most common possibilities.


What you will learn in the next module…

This next one is really fun… I’m going to demonstrate how straightforward it is to diagnose two children who have completely different situations. I’m not going to spoil it for you. I will also show you practical things you can put in place in your own classroom that will help those children with both visual stress and phonological dyslexia. This next module is one of my favourites. Let’s get started!


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