If you suspect that you might be dyslexic or have related difficulties, please come and speak to one of our advisors who would be happy to discuss your concerns.
The Student Disability Service can offer advice and coordinate support for a range of Specific Learning Difficulties. These include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder (AD(H)D) and Asperger Syndrome.
A significant number of students are assessed for the first time as being dyslexic during their studies at university. If you think you might have dyslexia please make an appointment to be screened and speak to one of our Advisors.
Following the initial chat, we usually offer the option of being screened using a computer programme called LADS (Lucid Adult Dyslexia Screening). This does not formally diagnose dyslexia, but is designed to identify potential dyslexic difficulties. You are then asked to carry out a very short “free writing” activity. Occasionally, and with your agreement, an advisor may use some additional screening questionnaires to investigate related Specific Learning Difficulties.
Once these steps have been carried out, the advisor can evaluate the results and discuss these with you. If it is agreed that further assessment would be helpful, a referral is then made to a Chartered educational psychologist. We have a team of psychologists working with our service, so waiting times are kept to a minimum.
If you are a current matriculated student, the psychology assessment is free of charge (funded by the university). If you are a prospective student, but have not yet matriculated, we can offer the same service but would ask that the fee is paid at the time of the assessment. This is refunded once you are matriculated and have contacted us to confirm this change in status.
Following the assessment, we review the psychologist’s report with you to clarify the content. This report is used as the basis for coordinating relevant support to ensure you can work to the best of your abilities. It may sometimes involve additional referrals to specialists where appropriate, as Specific Learning Difficulties may co-exist.
This article was published on Jul 26, 2011