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Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that mainly affects the ability to learn to read and spell. It can also affect the short term memory and the speed that information is processed. A person with dyslexia might have difficulties taking notes or planning and writing essays. They may find it difficult to communicate their knowledge and understanding in writing, particularly in timed situations such as exams. They may also struggle with time management, organisational skills and may miss appointments or deadlines.

If you have, or think you may have a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia), you may need to undergo a diagnostic assessment. You can contact our team to discuss any concerns you may have, talk through the assessment process and ask for advice about what support could be available should you have a specific learning difficulty.

In advance of your assessment you will need to complete a dyslexia questionnaire to provide the Psychologist with some information before they meet you.

The assessment will involve a series of psychometric tests designed to measure spatial, verbal, memory, reading and spelling abilities. The psychologist may be able to tell you the outcome straight after the assessment.

Disability Services will be sent a copy of your report. Upon receipt, we will invite you to an appointment with an adviser in order to review your report and discuss possible support arrangements, including Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

Please contact us on 0191 515 2952 or by email disability.support@sunderland.ac.uk if you would like to discus an assessment for dyslexia.

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