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Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) diagnostic assessments for students at university

Dr Aimee Swithenbank is an experienced freelance educational psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (see Practitioner Psychologist, registration number PYL32205).


She provides SpLD diagnostic assessments for students who are at, or going to, university for the purpose of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) applications and identifying reasonable adjustments for their studies at university

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

  • dyslexia

  • dysgraphia

  • dyscalculia

  • dyspraxia

  • ADHD (non-medical diagnosis) 

The process involves a diagnostic interview, various academic and cognitive subtests (from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Fourth Edition), a feedback meeting with Aimee to discuss the findings, and a SASC-compliant psychological report. 

Assessments can be completed in-person at our Colchester assessment room or remotely, if preferred. 

A self-funded SpLD assessment costs £800.

For universities purchasing assessments for their students,  please contact us for rates available on an ad-hoc and contractual basis. 

To request an assessment, or make an enquiry, please submit this University Student Enquiry Form


FAQs for students at universities 

How much does an assessment cost?

A self-funded SpLD assessment costs £800. This includes an individual assessment, feedback meeting and a SASC-compliant psychological report. 

When do you take payment? 

Full payment is required to make a booking. 


Where does the assessment take place?  ​

Our assessment room is in Colchester. Parking is available and directions/address are provided in the welcome pack. If you prefer, we can arrange a remote assessment. 

How long is the assessment? 

This can vary, but typically 2.5 hours. Breaks are offered as required.

Will a diagnosis be made? 

Where there is evidence from within the assessment data, a formal diagnosis will be made. This assessment is broad-based and covers the five SpLDs recognised by SASC/accepted as a SpLD for DSA applications. 

When will I receive the report? 

You will receive the report three weeks after the assessment.


What can I expect from the report?  

The report is a comprehensive document which details the findings, provides an explanation of the concerns and gives general recommendations


Can I submit the report with a Disabled Students' Allowance application?

Yes. Reports are SASC-compliant and written specifically for students needing evidence to submit with a DSA application. 

Request an assessment

If you have any questions about the assessment process, please  check our FAQs above.


For all other enquiries, and to request an assessment, please submit the University Student Enquiry Form

We aim to respond to enquiries within two working days. If you have not had a reply within this time, please check your junk mailbox. 

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