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 [1] 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 [2] what a comprehensive assessment looks like.

I am not sure whether you are aware that your child could be evaluated at no charge [3] by the public schools. That said, many students do not qualify [4] 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 [5] 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.