Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.
firstpointFIVE022 – Think you might be dyslexic?
Tip 1: Visit firstpoint
We will discuss any concerns or queries you might have about dyslexia screening. Some students will have suspicions of dyslexia themselves, while others may be referred by a tutor who has picked up something from written assessments. firstpoint will talk you through the screening process and book you an appointment with an adviser if you need to go into more detail.
Tip 2: Computer-based test
The first stage of the screening process is to complete the LADS+ test – LADS stands for Lucid Adult Dyslexia Screening. When you come to firstpoint to complete the test, you don’t need to have booked in advance, but you will need to allow yourself 30-40 minutes to complete it. The test assesses a range of different skills and the results give an indication of probability of a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD). Remember, this assessment is not an IQ test and you do not need to prepare in advance!
Tip 3: Complete the paperwork
After LADS+, we will give you some paperwork. You can fill this in straight away or take it away to complete and bring it back later. If you live away from Worcester, we can post or email it out to you instead. This is the final pre-screening stage before we can book your formal assessment appointments.
Tip 4: Screening and Assessment Appointments
Once you’ve completed the paperwork, we will book you in for a 4-hour appointment with a specialist assessor, which will include both a screening and an assessment. When this is booked, you will also be required to pay a charge of £50 (this is a subsidised fee only for our current students). The assessor will be provided with your paperwork in advance of the appointment, which will inform the screening exercises they complete with you in the first hour. If the assessor thinks you have a SpLD, they will continue with the appointment and complete the 3-hour diagnostic assessment.
Tip 5: Next Steps
Once you have completed the diagnostic assessment, the assessor will write a report and a copy will be sent to you – this usually takes a couple of weeks. You will then have a Next Steps appointment with a Disability adviser, here at firstpoint, who will review your report with you, answer any questions, start to arrange your university support, and if you are eligible, help you apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).