Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, where we have compiled a list of the most common enquiries we receive about our services.

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What is dyslexia or a specific learning difficulty?

A specific learning difficulty (SpLD) is a difference or difficulty with some particular aspects of learning. The most common SpLDs are Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia.

Dyslexia is a common, but varying specific learning difficulty that mainly affects reading and writing skills. It can cause difficulties in everyday life for those who have it – including challenges at school or work with tasks requiring certain abilities, such as memory retention periods.

Why have an assessment for dyslexia or a specific learning difficulty?

An assessment can be useful to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a learner’s profile. This information can then be used to support progress and develop self belief in the individual. Having a report shared with teachers or a workplace can help to develop a clear understanding of the learner and help put support in place.

An SpLD assessment report is required for university students with an SpLD that would like to apply for the DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) as part of the Student Finance application.

What happens during an assessment?

The assessment usually lasts 2-3 hours. The assessor  will listen to the concerns of the individual. The assessor will also carry out a series of tests to explore different strengths and weaknesses, such as:

  • Reading, writing and spelling
  • Handwriting and fine motor skills
  • Underlying learning skills: phonological awareness, speed of processing and memory, speech and language and auditory processing.

Where does the assessment take place?

This will either take place in person or via an online video platform such as MS Teams

How much does an assessment cost?

An assessment and report costs £495 (including VAT), and this is payable prior to the assessment.

What other support do you provide?

We also provide Workplace Needs Assessments, Assistive Technology Training, 1-1 tuition and DSE/Ergonomic Assessments. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.