We provide a broad range of specialist assessments and intervention services in relation to Hyperlexia.

What is Hyperlexia?

Hyperlexia is a description of traits, not a diagnostic label. Hyperlexia is rarely seen alone, where it is seen, is often alongside a diagnosis of autistic spectrum condition (ASC). You can read more about the services we provide for social communication difficulties / autistic spectrum condition.

What are the indicators of Hyperlexia?

Hyperlexia has a number of indicators, and children with Hyperlexia may:

Hyperlexia can be displayed through various characteristics, and not all children and young people will present in the same way.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How are traits of Hyperlexia assessed?

If a diagnosis of ASC has not yet been made, then Hyperlexia could be assessed during that assessment process. Where a diagnosis of ASC has been made, then specific assessments related to Hyperlexia may include some of the following:

Play-based assessment and observation

Play-based assessments and observations are very useful in seeing how encompassing the traits may be and whether they are impacting areas of daily life. These assessments and observations usually take place in an education setting.

Developmental history

A developmental history and looking at previous assessments or reports, could help to identify the consistency or any changes of a child or young person’s behaviours.

Language assessment

Assessing expressive and receptive language skills provides detailed information in relation to a child or young person’s communication, interaction and comprehension.

Literacy assessment

During a literacy assessment we can compare language and literacy levels, and also test written expression and comprehension. Reading and writing tasks will be included in this stage at an age appropriate level.

Which assessments do we use for Hyperlexia?

Due to the number of areas being assessed during an assessment for Hyperlexia we have a broad range of assessments available to use. The most common assessments we would use include:

  • YARC - York assessment of reading for comprehension is a diagnostic reading assessment used for children and young people aged 4 to 16 years old
  • TROG-2 - Test for reception of grammar measures the understanding of grammatical contrasts in children
  • CELF - Clinical evaluation of language fundamentals has various subtests and we would use those which measure; phonological awareness, naming, memory, word associations, language structure, language memory, working memory
  • ACE - Assessment of comprehension and expression - provides information about an individual’s language ability
  • BAS 3 - British ability scales may be used to assess a child’s; verbal ability, non-verbal reasoning, spatial ability, general conceptual ability
  • NARA - Neale analysis of reading ability assesses the; accuracy, comprehension and rate of reading
  • TOMAL-2 - Test of memory and learning looks at how an individual learns and whether there is a preference over written learning styles

The above are a selection of possible assessments we may use, an individual will likely be asked to complete a variety of subtests from different assessments to provide a holistic understanding of their needs.

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment, strengths and needs will have been identified in order to be used to support a child or young person. Following an assessment recommendations may be made in relation to a child or young person’s learning style. A report will be provided following an assessment.

What interventions are available for Hyperlexia?

Interventions which use written language over verbal language are very useful when it comes to children and young people with Hyperlexia learning new information. Specific interventions may be chosen according to the individual and their identified needs. Interventions may focus on social skills, social communication, anxiety, verbal language skills or making environmental changes.

How much does an assessment for Hyperlexia cost?

A quote will be provided for a Hyperlexia assessment following a 2 hour initial discussion. The time it will take to assess for traits of Hyperlexia would depend on previous assessments already completed and any existing diagnoses.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £160.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email office@hsrpsychology.co.uk

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