NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DYSLEXIA  (cost $1540) (procedure code 96101 or 96118) This   is   for   the   purpose   of   determining   whether   a   child   or   adult   has   the   reading   problem   that   meets   the   criteria   to   receive   a formal   diagnosis   of   a   Reading   Disorder   (developmental   dyslexia   ).   It   involves   an   assessment   of   overall   cognitive   functioning   as well   as   reading,   writing   and   spelling   testing.   Learning   disorders   other   than   Dyslexia   are   also   evaluated   when   indicated.   A formal   diagnosis   is   necessary   if   you   are   seeking   insurance   reimbursement   or   are   trying   to   obtain   special   accommodations   in school,   for   standardized   testing   or   for   employment   purposes.   This   evaluation   results   in   an   integrated   written   report.   Problems with   Testing   for   Dyslexia.   Automaticity   is   acquired   in   the   latter   stage   of   reading   acquisition   when   decoding   of   words   is automatic   and   therefore   rapid,   which   allows   more   mental   resources   to   be   directed   to   the   task   of   reading   comprehension. Automaticity   is   necessary   for   practical   reading   typical   non-dyslexic   readers.   However,   the   extra   steps   and   mental   effort   the dyslexic   reader   must   use   to   perform   basic   decoding   continues   to   reflect   the   ongoing   interference   that   their   dyslexia   has   with practical   reading.   Most   reading   tests   that   are   used   to   evaluate   for   dyslexia   are   untimed   and   do   not   require   Automaticity   of decoding   and   will   often   fail   to   detect   the   presence   of   dyslexia   in   a   person   who   has   had   substantial   remediation.   People   with dyslexia   who   have   had   substantial   amount   of   remedial   reading   instruction   can   often   perform   well   on   these   untimed   tests. Consequently,   it   is   important   to   administer   reading   tests   that   require   Automaticity   of   decoding   for   the   evaluation   to   have   a reasonable   chance   of   detecting   dyslexia.   Unfortunately,   such   tests   are   often   not   included   in   an   evaluation,   which   may   result   in a false negative diagnostic conclusion.
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