Dyslexia Assessment & Diagnostic Services

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Service Director: Quintino R. Mano, Ph.D.

What is our mission? Our mission is to promote each student's opportunity for successful education by providing families with affordable assessment services. More specifically, we provide students with comprehensive, research-based, psychoeducational assessment of cognitive functioning and reading achievement (e.g., phonemic awareness, phonics, word reading, reading comprehension) to determine the presence of reading disabilities. If a diagnosis is needed, we will make it. Our service is housed within the Behavioral Health Center and is operated by the University of Cincinnati Psychology Department. The Behavioral Health Center is a training clinic for advanced graduate students in our Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program. All services are provided under the direct supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

What services do we offer?  We can answer for you whether your child meets diagnostic criteria for a learning disability (e.g., developmental dyslexia) according to the DSM-5. We provide diagnostic assessment of reading among children and adolescents who are thought to have developmental dyslexia. Again, if a diagnosis is needed, then we will make it and provide a full explanation within a comprehensive psychological report for you to keep. You may share this report with your child's school.

Although services provided in our clinic may be thought of as "dyslexia testing" and/or "dyslexia evaluation," they are all one in the same and may be collectively referred to as dyslexia assessment (which is the more clinically appropriate phrase to use).    

Is my child appropriate for an evaluation? For an assessment, your child must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must have completed the 1st grade
  • Must have history of intervention targeting learning problems
  • NO sensory impairment (vision or hearing)
  • English is primary language spoken at home
  • NO previous diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual or Cognitive Disability, Genetic/Birth defect (i.e., Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, etc.)

Who can benefit? The following people may benefit from our comprehensive evaluation:

  • Anyone who has a history of academic difficulty
  • Anyone who is not achieving in school at their maximum potential

Who are we? Our clinic provides services to the broader Cincinnati community, including the tristate area. Because we are a training clinic, our testing is accomplished by highly trained Ph.D. graduate students, all working under the supervision of our licensed clinical psychologists. Specifically, our assessment services are provided under the direction of Dr. Mano, a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology (at UC). Dr. Mano has published several studies of reading in scientific journals.

How much does the assessment cost? Our assessments are low-cost and very affordable. Please use the "Contact Us" link below to connect with us and we will reply with more information on cost. Please note that our fees cover everything from testing to full report.

Where are we located? The Behavioral Health Center is located on the 3rd floor of the new U Square building on Calhoun Street, in Suite 380. The U Square Building is located directly across the street from UC’s main campus. The address is: 225 Calhoun St. Suite 380, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Directions to the Behavioral Health Center

How can you reach us? If you are interested in our services, fill out the form below or please send an email to uc.dyslexia@uc.edu.

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