Information, checklists and screening for SpLDs and Autism

This page contains information, checklists and other screening tools to help you explore whether you might have SpLDs (Specific Learning Differences - such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and dyscalculia) or autism. Please be aware that SpLDs often overlap with each other and with autism. If you are an undergraduate based on our Cornwall campuses, please see the Screening and assessment for Specific Learning Differences page.

Although screeners can be a useful first step, you will need to have a full diagnostic assessment (or get a medical diagnosis of autism or ADHD) to be sure.

The section on 'Getting a diagnostic assessment' explains more about the benefits and costs as well as how to find an assessor in your area.


People with dyslexia may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear, which can affect learning and literacy skills, as well as other areas such as organisation. Find out more...
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Also known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), dyspraxia can affect motor coordination, visual-spatial awareness and organisation, resulting in skills taking longer to learn. Find out more...
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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can affect impulse control, concentration, memory, and organisation. Find out more about diagnosis, useful strategies, tools and resources.
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Dyscalculia is a specific and unexpected difficulty in understanding numbers which can lead to a wide range of difficulties with maths. Find out more...
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Autism can affect how a person interacts, communicates and socialises with others. Autistic people often see the world in a different way and may process sensory information such as sounds and light differently too.
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Low-cost screening for more than one SpLD

People often have more than one SpLD, so screeners which can look at a wider range of 'neurodiversity' are useful. Here are some low-cost options.
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Getting a Diagnostic Assessment

Find out about the benefits and costs of diagnostic assessment and how to find an assessor near you.
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