Screening and assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger Syndrome.
The first step for assessment is to fill out and return some online pre-assessment forms. If you have difficulty with these forms, please ask at our reception about a meeting with our SpLD Adviser:
PLEASE NOTE: If you have had a full assessment for a specific learning difficulty (for dyslexia there are some age limits) you may not need another one. Just email a copy to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, drop in to the Student Support Centre reception or post it to us, and we will let you know if we can accept it to put support in place for you. Short assessments undertaken solely for the purposes of UK GCSE, A level and equivalent examinations are unlikely to be adequate for University purposes or application for the Disabled Students' Allowance.
If you are in your final year of study with us and would like an assessment, please make sure you apply at least three months before the end of your study. After that we will be able to offer a screening and any support recommended, but will not have time to arrange a full assessment for you.
The Screening appointment
Once we have reviewed your forms (may take up to 1 week) we will send you an email which you can take to our reception at the Student Support Centre to book a screening appointment. We have to arrange for staff to be available so we are unlikely to be able to arrange immediate screening appointments; sometimes it will take around four weeks, so do plan in advance and don't leave your application too late if you have exams coming up.
The screening appointment will take approximately two hours, so please have your diary to hand when you come in to book.
PLEASE NOTE: screening staff come in specifically for booked appointments. Students who do not give at least 24 hours notice that that are unable to attend without good reason will be charged £35.00.
Educational Psychologist appointment
If the screening is positive, the next step is the completion of the assessment by an Educational Psychologist or Psychiatrist, dependent upon the SpLD involved. Students with positive screening outcomes will also be granted temporary examination arrangements (as appropriate). This assessment appointment can be between two and three hours in length and you can usually book it immediately following a positive screening. PLEASE NOTE: For Educational Psychologist appointments missed or cancelled with less than one working day's notice without good reason, there will be a charge of £100.
If your screening is negative, then you are advised to seek support from the Learning Enhancement Team who will assist you to develop your study skills.
All screenings and assessments take place on campus.
The cost of screening and assessment is subsidised by the University. The cost to students for the 2018/19 academic year will be £30.00 for the screening and £70.00 for the Educational Psychologist or Psychiatrist assessment.
If you are in financial hardship, then you can meet with a Financial Adviser in the Student Support Centre to discuss an application for financial aid. Please call reception on 01603 592761, drop-in or e-mail the Finance Team for an appointment.
Support following assessment
Once you have had your assessment report (e-mailed to your UEA e-mail address) you should call reception on 01603 592761 or drop-in to make a feedback appointment with an SpLD tutor. The tutor will help you to understand the report and what it means for you in terms of learning strategies and reasonable adjustments to support your studies.
Specialist study skills tuition
The Learning Enhancement Team in the Student Support Centre provides specialist study skills tuition for students with specific learning difficulties. Further information can be found on their webpage.
The tutorials will be funded by UEA. All students who have submitted acceptable evidence of a specific learning difficulty are eligible for these specialist tutorials. Students who have attended a screening and are waiting to meet an Educational Psychologist are also eligible.