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Diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) for students at university

This assessment is for students who need a report for Disabled Students' Allowance applications and/or reasonable adjustments at university. 


The assessment can identify the five SpLDs recognised by SASC and accepted for DSA applications:  

  • dyslexia

  • dysgraphia

  • dyscalculia

  • dyspraxia

  • ADHD (non-medical diagnosis, assessment carried out accordance with SASC guidelines, for the purpose of DSA applications only) 

The process involves gold-standard tests of cognitive and academic ability (e.g., WISC-V/WAIS-IV) a consultation feedback meeting, and a SASC-compliant written psychological report.  

Assessments are conducted in-person (in our Colchester assessment room) or remotely. All assessments are carried our by Dr Aimee Swithenbank, educational psychologist and practitioner psychologist registered with the HCPC (registration number PYL32205). 

Working at home

How we work  

  • Before the assessment we complete pre-assessment work (gathering background information via questionnaires).

  • If the assessment is taking place remotely we will send you the exam papers in advance.

  • On the day of the appointment you will undertake a range of academic and cognitive tests, as well as a diagnostic interview.

  • Immediately after an in-person assessment, we hold a feedback meeting to discuss the findings. For remote assessments, the meeting will be held online about a week later, once we have received the exam papers.

  • Within three weeks of the assessment you will receive a written, SASC-compliant diagnostic report.

  • The report will confirm the presence/absence of any a specific learning difficulty, and detail the person's academic and cognitive strengths/challenges. Where appropriate, recommendations for reasonable adjustments and access arrangements are made.

Contact Us

In your email please include your name, the age of the person to be assessed, a brief outline of your concerns and the type of work you are interested in. 

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