medrano0315 asks:

Is pseudoword decoding basically how accurate one says a word? The correct sound?

My daughter was recently tested for dyslexia. The results showed that she performed extremely low on psuedoword decoding. It also states that she is functioning in the overall average range. So i guess i was wondering how she could perform so low but still be regarded as average performance?
In Topics: Special education
> 60 days ago



May 9, 2013
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Evaluations which assess skills are often broken down in to sections.  Sometimes we have splinter skills (one which spike unusually high compared to other areas) and sometimes unusual lows (ones which stand out as below expectation based on age/grade).  However, by using sophisticated statistical formulas and more, profiles of strengths and weaknesses are generated.

This most likely explains how your daughter had average performance  despite having one area / subtest being lower than the others. The goal would now be to provide some assistance in boosting the challenged areas.

Good luck!

Louise Sattler
School Psychologist

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