Accessibility statement

Assessment Schedule

A typical assessment will usually follow the timetable set out below.  However, the timings are approximate.  In all cases we provide appropriate breaks and we aim to keep the sessions as concise and enjoyable as possible, while still providing a comprehensive assessment. 

  • Initial meeting with parent(s)/carer(s) and child - 15mins
  • Cognitive Assessment -  2 hours
  • Lunch -  45 mins
  • (an additional test is sometimes required) - (15mins)
  • Preliminary Feedback - 20 mins

We may feel it is necessary to complete some further assessments with your child following the initial assessment.  If this is the case, we might ask to see your child for a brief period after lunch. 

Please let us know if you do not wish you child to be present at the feedback session, so we can arrange for supervision.

Who will assess my child?

Dr Sophie Brigstocke is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is registered as an Educational Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council (ref: PYL28860). She also teachers at the University of York on Developmental Disorders and Clinical Practice.

Reports are read by Dr Val Muter, a consultant clinical psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide a second opinion and enable consultation on any clinical aspects of the assessment findings. Dr Muter has expertise on dyslexia and other learning difficulties and has written a number of books. 


We aim to send out reports within three weeks of assessing the child. We recommend that the report is shared with the school to ensure that your child receives the most appropriate educational support. We will therefore send you two copies of the final report, one for you and one for your child’s headteacher.


In order to assess your child’s case fully, we are keen to gather information from both yourself and your child’s school.  We will not contact your child’s school directly without your permission.  We enclose a school questionnaire with this pack, which we would like you to pass on to the school.  Any information we receive from the school is considered as confidential to the case and any relevant information will be included in the assessment report.

We also ask you to fill in a questionnaire about your child, which is confidential to the case.  However, it may be necessary to include some of the information you provide in the final report to give a clear understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.  


Full assessments cost £500. This includes a £75 fee that is paid to Dr Val Muter for a second opinion on all assessment formulations.


If you have any queries either before the assessment or after you receive your report, please do not hesitate to contact us.


We may ask your permission for the assessment to be observed for training purposes.

Video and Audio Recording

We may also ask for permission to video/audio record the assessment. Recording serves as an aid to the psychologist when interpreting the results of the assessment and compiling their report. Selected anonymised clips may also be used for teaching purposes for undergraduate and Msc training.
We would like to reassure you that if you do not feel comfortable with either the observation or video recording of the assessment you are free to decline consent.


A fundamental aim of the Centre for Reading and Language is to conduct research into children’s learning difficulties. As such, we may ask permission for your child to take part in an ongoing research project, either on the day of the assessment or at a later date. If you are not comfortable with your child taking part in the project please feel free to refuse consent.