Dyslexia Assessment & Diagnostic Services


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

What is our mission? Our mission is to promote each student's opportunity for successful education. We achieve this by providing students with comprehensive, research-based neuropsychological assessment of cognitive functioning and academic achievement (i.e., reading, writing, and math) to determine the presence of specific learning disabilities. Notably, we perform our neuropsychological assessments within the response-to-intervention (RTI) framework, bridging clinical neuropsychology with current practices within education. Our service is housed within the Behavioral Health Center and is operated by the UC Psychology Department.

What services do we offer? We can answer for you whether your child meets diagnostic criteria for a learning disability (e.g., dyslexia: specific reading disability; dyscalculia: specific math disability). We provide comprehensive diagnostic assessment of reading, math, and writing among children (grade 2 and above), adolescents, and young adults who are thought to have specific learning disabilities. We also provide intervention assessment services whereby we administer brief reading interventions to your child and determine which is most appropriate based on their immediate response. This intervention assessment is part of our comprehensive assessment service and is no extra charge.

To summarize, we offer the following services:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of specific learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia)
  • We also provide gifted assessments
  • Comprehensive psychological assessment of:
    • Intelligence (IQ)
    • Language and phonology
    • Learning and Memory (Verbal and Visual)
    • Perception
    • Executive functioning and attention
    • Cognitive processing speed
    • Visual motor skills
    • Academic abilities (reading, math, spelling and writing)
    • and more...
  • Individualized feedback and consultation
  • Comprehensive psychological reports
  • Follow-up evaluation for monitoring response to interventions
  • Consultation services for already completed evaluations
  • Intervention assessment services

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

  • Must have completed the first half of 1st grade
  • 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
  • Anyone who has difficulty with concentrating in school

Who are we? Our clinic provides services to the broader Cincinnati community, including the tristate area. Our services are provided under the direction of licensed clinical psychologists and professors of psychology in the Department of Psychology (at UC). Together as a team of clinical psychologists, we offer the most cutting-edge, scientifically informed clinical assessment of dyslexia and other learning disabilities in the greater Cincinnati area. In fact, our service director, Dr. Mano, is widely considered to be an expert in reading development and dyslexia and has published several studies of reading in scientific journals. 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.

How much does the assessment cost? We charge a flat rate of $600 for child assessments and $500 for adult assessments. These fees cover everything, from the clinical interview to the full report and feedback session.

Can I, as a parent, be tested for learning and attention while my child is being assessed? Yes. Our clinic now offers testing and assessment services for parents who may be interested in learning more about their strengths and weaknesses. Dyslexia and ADHD are heritable, so it may be valuabel to pursue parental testing and assessment. This testing would occur on the very same day that your child is assessed. Rather than waiting in our comfortable waiting room, you too can go back to one of our testing rooms and be assessed. Parent assessments are shorter in duration than child/adolescent assessments. Information about parental testing is always kept seperate from child/adolescent assessment reports. A seperate report is generated for parent assessments. This, of course, is an option and not required for your child to receive services in our clinic. Please inquire by phone or email to learn more.

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, please call 513-556-5559 and leave your name, phone number, and whether you are interested in obtaining a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of reading for you or your child. Someone will return your call within 3-5 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions



$600 for child assessment

$500 for adult assessment