by Angela Fawcett, Rod Nicolson
Qualification Level: E (Teacher/Other Professional)
Age Range: 6 years 6 months to 11 years 5 months
Administration: Individual - 30 minutes
The revised Dyslexia Screening Test now covers primary and secondary school-aged children in two separate assessments. The division of the DST into two tests, DST - Junior and DST - Secondary, include extra subtests which are particularly relevant to the age group.
The DST-J provides a profile of strengths and weaknesses which can be used to guide the development of in-school support for the child.
New theoretical developments in dyslexia research suggest that it should be possible to identify both slow learners and potential dyslexic children at the age of 5 or 6 years, in time for greater reading support. The DST-J is designed for early identification of children who are at risk of reading failure so that they can be given extra support at school.
The DST-J replaces the best selling DST and reflects changes in theory and practice since this initial publication with additional subtests, validation studies and case histories and scoring software.
The DST-J consists of the following subtests:
- Rapid Naming
- Bead Threading
- One Minute Reading
- Postural Stability
- Phonemic Segmentation
- Two Minute Spelling
- Backwards Digit Span
- Nonsense Passage Reading
- One Minute Writing
- Verbal Fluency
- Rhyme NEW
- Vocabulary NEW