What should you do if you think you have a specific learning difficulty?

Book a screening appointment with the Disability Advisory Service. At this appointment the 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 including dyslexia, dyspraxia/ DCD, dyscalculia, and AD(H)D as an SpLD. If the Advisor finds sufficient indicators of an SpLD, you will be given the option to attend a full diagnostic assessment. 

What are the main indicators?

Problems with acquiring:

  1. Reading accuracy/speed
  2. Spelling accuracy, writing speed and fluency of expression
  3. Auditory short term/ working memory
  4. Time awareness
  5. Directional sense
  6. Personal organisation
  7. Speed of processing (facts, thoughts and ideas)
  8. Attention and concentration
  9. Motor skills

Common strengths

  1. Often highly creative
  2. Persistent
  3. See patterns, connections and similarities that others don’t see
  4. Holistic: they see the big picture, don’t get lost in details, get to the important aspects
  5. Understanding of abstract ideas
  6. Inclination to think outside the box