If you think you may have a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, the first step is to undertake an initial screening with a Disability Advisor. These initial screening appointments last approximately thirty minutes and the advisor will be looking to see if there are any indicators of a specific learning difficulty in your answers.
I think I might be dyslexic - what are the main indicators?
Problems with acquiring:
- Reading accuracy/speed.
- Spelling accuracy, writing speed and fluency of expression.
- Auditory short term/ working memory.
- Time awareness.
- Directional sense.
- Personal organisation.
- Speed of processing (facts, thoughts and ideas).
- Often highly creative.
- See patterns, connections and similarities that others don’t see.
- Holistic: they see the big picture, don’t get lost in details, get to the important aspects.
- Excellent comprehension of information read or told to them.
- Understanding of abstract ideas.
- Inclination to think outside the box.
What should I do if I think I may have a specific learning difficulty?
- Book a screening appointment with the Disability Advisory Service by email.
- At this appointment your Advisor will discuss your difficulties with you. If appropriate, you will be asked to complete some screening questionnaires to identify indicators of a specific learning difficulty. Dyslexia is just one of a group of difficulties that come under the umbrella of ‘specific learning difficulties’. These include: dyslexia, dyspraxia/ DCD, dyscalculia, and AD(H)D as an SpLD. All these specific learning difficulties will be considered at the screening.