Frequently asked questions
Does my child need a reading assessment?
It can be hard to know if your child, especially at the preschool or kindergarten level, may benefit from a reading assessment. Instead of waiting for a reading struggle to surface with your child, detect potential challenges early. The Sharpen Early Advantage Assessment not only provides a direct measurement of a child's reading skills, it also includes language, literacy, and family history risk assessments.
How can I support my struggling reader?
If you know that your child is struggling to read, the next step is to determine the best way to support your child’s learning process. There are myriad choices, from hiring a private tutor to downloading an app to buying a stack of workbooks. A straightforward and comprehensive assessment will provide a roadmap for you and your child. The Sharpen Early Advantage Assessment results are multimodal, combining your child’s results to convey your child’s risk level and provide clear recommendations for the best next steps and resources.
What is the best age to screen a child for reading issues?
Often, children are discovered to have reading challenges as they proceed through early elementary school. As they encounter the threshold of their understanding, it becomes evident that they need additional support, and often screenings follow. But, what if a child was screened at an early age for important risk factors? The Sharpen Early Advantage Assessment does precisely this. There is no age requirement for the Early Advantage Assessment. The Genetic Reading Trait Report and the Family History Assessment can be taken at any age. For children between ages 2 and 5 years of age, the Early Language Assessment offers pre-literacy insight, while the Early Literacy Assessment is designed to assess children between 4 and 8 years old.