Nita [12 years 7 months]

Nita, who has Anglo-Indian parentage, has lived in the UK for about four years. Prior to that she was educated in India and when she first came to the UK her written and spoken English was not strong. Since then she has made good progress and her oral ability in English is now rated above average, but she is still well below average in reading and spelling and her written work fails to come up to expected standards. She is a quiet, well-behaved girl who lacks confidence and does not draw attention to herself. General screening of the whole school year with Rapid yielded the following results for Nita (see Figure 23).

Figure 23. Rapid results for Nita

Rapid rated the probability of Nita having dyslexia as ‘moderate’. Her scores for all three subtests were in the ‘borderline’ category. Her previous inexperience in English, which obviously complicates the interpretation, might account for her rather weak phonic skills, but is a less satisfactory explanation for her weak phonological processing ability and not a tenable reason for the weak auditory sequential memory result. Her results may have also been affected by poor confidence. Nevertheless, there is a bona fide reason for further investigation of Nita’s case. She could be tested in more detail using LASS 11–15, which should enable a clearer diagnosis to be made, or she could be referred to an educational psychologist for full assessment.

There are several resources that would be beneficial for Nita, including the following:

● Regular practice using the program Wordshark 5 would help to sharpen and consolidate her word recognition and spelling skills.

● Her memory skills could be enhanced by using the program Mastering Memory, and the program Timely Reminders would help her to revise material for tests and examinations.

● Since her spoken English is good, use of word processing with additional speech feedback facilities, such as Co:Writer or Texthelp Read and Write, would be particularly useful.