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I think I might have an SpLD

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With documentary evidence of a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), we can help you to access reasonable adjustments including Additional Exams Recommendations. Please see our page 'I have an SpLD' for more information.

If you think that you may have an SpLD such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia but do not currently have a Pre-16 or Post- 16 Full Diagnostic Assessment report, we can guide you through the process - from arranging a screening to accessing further support.

For more information, please see the three-step process below.

Please contact our team who would be happy to help you with this process and discuss any other support that may be available to you, including:  

Step one: Screening

If you think you may have an SpLD such as Dyslexia, you can request a screening questionnaire from us. Once you have completed the questionnaire it will be reviewed by a specialist practitioner who will advise if you show any signs of an SpLD and recommend if a Post-16 Full Diagnostic Assessment is appropriate.

To request a screening, get in contact with us in one of the following ways:

  • Telephone: +44 (0)2380 599 599 and press option 3
  • Email: enable@soton.ac.uk

Step two: Post-16 Full Diagnostic Assessment

If it is recommended that you take a Post-16 Full Diagnostic Assessment you will be given information on how to find an assessor. Please note, assessments must be carried out by a specialist teacher/assessor with a current Assessing Practising Certificate (APC) or psychologists registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). 

If you would like some support in arranging a private assessment, meet with one of our specialist practitioners at our Study Skills Support Drop-in and they can guide you through the process.

How long will the assessment take to complete?

Diagnostic assessments take around three hours.

How much will the assesment cost?

Assessments can range between £400 and £600 in cost. We can provide diagnostic assessments free of charge to current students with a household income below £30,000. Please contact us for more information if you think you are eligible.

Step three: Student Support Appointment

Send your Post-16 Full Diagnostic Assessment report to enable@soton.ac.uk to arrange a student support appointment in order to discuss your support recommendations. For example, you may be able to access the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and/or be given Additional Exam Recommendations (AERs).

 

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