The Student Wellbeing Service can offer free Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) screenings. This for any student who feels that they might have a SpLD such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The meeting or online screening would last for up to half an hour and by the end of the screening you would be informed whether you were presenting with positive or negative traits of dyslexia or dyspraxia or AD(HD). If you were presenting with positive traits we would offer you the opportunity to have a full diagnostic assessment with an Educational Psychologist. If you did not present with positive traits we would offer other avenues of support available at the University such as the Learning Development Team. The student wellbeing service can also offer screening for autism. One of the disability and wellbeing advisors would talk about possible referral options to have an assessment in the community.
The cost of a SpLD diagnostic assessment is £100. We offer students the opportunity to have a £100 loan so that they can have the assessment. If the full diagnostic assessment comes back negative and states that you do not have a specific learning difficulty, you would not be asked to pay back the loan. If the diagnostic assessment came back positive and stated that you have a specific learning difficulty then you would pay back the loan at an agreed date or the day of your next Student Finance instalment payment. If students can’t afford the £100 loan fee then we would support a student in making a Hardship Fund application to review if they were entitled to any financial assistance from the University.
What happens after my SpLD diagnostic assessment?
If possible you will usually meet with the person who conducted your initial dyslexia screening to read through your report. This is because we like to make sure that you understand the content of the report. After we have read and explained the report, we will answer any further questions you may have. If the report identified a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, we will create a personalised individual Learning Support Form (LSF) detailing information about your specific learning difficulty and recommending reasonable adjustments to support you at the University. We would then explain to you what Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is and how it could benefit you. If students wish to we can then help them apply for DSA and explain the process. If the diagnostic report does not identify a specific learning difficulty, we would discuss alternative support available and refer you to the Learning Development Lecturers.