Specific Learning Difficulty and Dyslexia screening and assessment

If you think you may have dyslexia, dyspraxia or another Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), you can arrange a free short screening with one of our team.

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At the screening, you may be advised to consider a full Diagnostic Assessment.

Please note that due to the situation regarding Covid-19 we are currently unable to offer screenings or full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, dyspraxia or any Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). Please contact us again once the teaching on campus resumes.

Process for screening and assessment

1 - Arrange a free 45min screening

At a screening a Disability Adviser will see if you have any indicators of a SpLD.

You will be able to find out more about dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties and see if a full assessment is appropriate or beneficial.

Make an appointment for a free screening

Timescale: Screening appointment within two to three weeks of booking.

2 - Referral for assessment

You will be allocated an appointment with a diagnostic assessor – this will be confirmed by email.

Timescale: Appointment within four weeks of paying the £90 student contribution and completing the booking form.

3 - Full diagnostic assessment

This will take about three to four hours to complete with a qualified diagnostic assessor.

Timescale: Diagnostic Assessment Report sent from the assessor within two weeks of the assessment.

4 - Appointment with a disability adviser

If a confirmed diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulty is provided in the report you will meet with a disabilty adviser to discuss your needs.

Timescale: two weeks from receipt of the Diagnostic Assessment Report.

5 - Accessing funded support

Timescale: a minimum of four weeks from an appointment with a Disability Adviser / applying for DSA with your evidence.

Deadlines for final year students

We can offer screenings and assessments to final year students up to the dates below, but cannot guarantee that you will have disability support in place before you finish your studies here if you have not started the process in the first term of your final year.

It will not be possible to offer you a screening or assessment if you contact us after these dates.

Final year undergraduates

You need to have arranged a screening before 24 April 2020 and/or paid for and booked a diagnostic assessment before 8 May 2020.

Final year postgraduates

You need to have arranged a screening before 26 June 2020 and/or paid for and booked a diagnostic assessment before 10 July 2020.

If you have 'prior evidence' of a SpLD but not a Diagnostic Assessment

‘Prior evidence’ refers to any existing information indicating that you have a Specific Learning Difficulty. It could be a childhood report, or statement of support carried out at school/college to permit arrangements such as extra time in exams.

Providing prior evidence may speed up the screening and assessment process, which enables support to be put in place as quickly as possible.

The evidence can be emailed to disability (@gold.ac.uk). Read our Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement to understand how we will use what you send us.

If you have already have a Diagnostic Assessment

We will accept a Diagnostic Assessment from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. Please note that the author must hold a current SpLD Assessment Practicing Certificate or be HCPC registered at the time of the assessment and follow SASC guidelines.

The can be emailed to disability (@gold.ac.uk). Read our Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement to understand how we will use what you send us.

Prospective students

We can only arrange assessments for students enrolled at Goldsmiths.

However, early contact before enrolment helps to ensure that arrangements can be made as quickly as possible.

If you are thinking about studying here and have, or think you have, a Specific Learning Difficulty please contact the Disability Service before beginning your course.