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Information on SpLDs & Dyslexia Assessments

Information on SpLDs & Dyslexia Assessments 

If you think that you may have a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia), the Disability Support Team can help by arranging a diagnostic assessment. 

Screening questionnaire 

The first step in the process is to complete our screening questionnaire. The questionnaire will help us to decide if you are likely to have a specific learning difficulty or if there may be other issues that could be affecting your academic work. Complete the questionnaire and return it to the same email address. You must complete all sections of the questionnaire, providing as much detail as possible. 

 The Learning Support Coordinator will review your responses and will then contact you to: 

  1. Offer you a follow-up appointment to discuss your concerns in more detail 

  1. Refer you directly for a full diagnostic assessment 

Diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) 

After we have received and reviewed your screening questionnaire, you may be referred to an assessor for a full diagnostic assessment. 

This is carried out by an Educational Psychologist or a Specialist Teacher Assessor holding a current practicing certificate. King’s has partnership arrangements with a number of independent professionals who are fully qualified to assess higher education students. 

A diagnostic assessment investigates whether your difficulties with studying and learning might be due to a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, or ADHD. 

The aim of the assessment is not just to provide the individual with a formal diagnosis, but also to explore and understand the person’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses so that to identify the best ways to manage any underlying difficulties. 

A diagnostic assessment takes around 3 hours and includes an in-depth background interview and a range of tasks and tests related to reading, writing, memory and information processing. 

Please note that ADHD can only be identified as a specific learning difficulty for the purpose of putting in place support in the education context. To obtain medication or CBT you need to contact your GP and ask for a referral to a consultant psychiatrist for a medical diagnosis. 

At the end of the assessment you will be given a short verbal feedback. The assessor will send a written report to you and also to the Disability Support Team at King’s College London within two weeks of your appointment. On receipt of your written report you should contact the Disability Support Team to arrange an appointment with us to discuss the findings of the report and to implement appropriate support. 

Fees and charges 

An administration fee of £50 will be charged for all students enrolling at King's from September 2019 onwards. 

All other costs (and the full costs for students who joined King’s in 2018-19 or earlier) will be covered by King’s College London. Assessments cost the university approximately £350.00. 

Diagnostic Assessments April 2021 onwards 

Please note that due to the on-going social distancing requirements, full diagnostic assessments will be carried out by remote video platform through our external partners. 

Once we have received confirmation of payment of the £50 fee, where applicable, you will be provided with contact details of the assessors with whom to book your diagnostic assessment. 

We have been planning to resume diagnostic assessments on campus, however, the current “roadmap” concerning relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions does not enable us to decide exactly when we can do this. 

We are constantly reviewing the situation relating to Covid-19 restrictions and King’s plans for reopening the campus and will update students via Student Services Online as things change Student Services Online SpLD assessments. 

You might also wish to refer to the guidance from SASC (SpLD Assessments Standards Committee) and you can keep up to date by regularly monitoring the SASC web site

 

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