I have a 3rd grader with suspected dyslexia, and I'm curious about an evaluation. Can I please get information on how this works, cost, whether or not I need a doctor’s referral, does insurance cover this, etc?

Dr. Pierson's Response: 
I typically refer people to this list of providers from the International Dyslexia Association (I am the MI Branch board president.) as I am not familiar with all the diagnosticians in your state. I'm not sure there is anyone in your area who can assess and diagnose, so I you may need to travel.

Here's what a comprehensive assessment looks like.

I am not sure whether you are aware that your child could be evaluated at no charge by the public schools. That said, many students do not qualify for services in the schools despite being dyslexic.

An assessment will cost between $1800-$3000+ and, typically, is not covered by insurance, unfortunately. You should check with your insurance company, though.

Here is what effective intervention entails, should you need this info down the road.

I have found for many of my kiddos in my private clinical practice that a good assessment can help get some services at school. I think, considering where you live, this might be a good way to go because it might be hard to find someone who does intervention.

Let me know if you have other questions.