Screening and Assessment for Specific Learning Differences

SpLD screening

Do-IT Profiler

Our free online screening, the Do-IT Profiler, can flag up signs of dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD. Download a personalised report with your results, advice and links to useful resources. After you do the Profiler, we can advise you on your next possible steps, including assessment and support.

The Profiler is available to all students studying on campus, including Falmouth applicants with a firm offer (who are emailed during the summer before they start with details). Please contact dyslexia@fxplus.ac.uk to find out more.

Diagnostic Assessment

The Do-IT Profiler is only a screener; if you need firm evidence of Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD you should consider having a diagnostic assessment. We can give you a list of local assessors (who charge £350) with an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) - this is required if you want to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance. You can book a face-to-face assessment on Penryn campus or have one online. In other parts of the country, you can visit the Patoss website to find an assessor in your area. Remember to tick the APC box when searching.

(Falmouth students may be able to claim money towards the cost of their assessments. Please see our Refund Page for more information.)

ADHD Assessment

If you think you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) you can either pay for a diagnostic assessment (as above) or ask your Cornish GP for a referral to the Adult ADHD Service in Cornwall. The waiting list for this service is currently four years.

Advantages

  • It is free.
  • It can lead to a prescription for medication to control your symptoms.
  • It can be used as evidence when claiming DSA.

Disadvantages

  • There is a long waiting list* for assessments.
  • If you have other SpLDs (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia), it cannot diagnose them.

*Under NHS 'Right to Choose' you could ask your GP for an alternative provider, for example 'Psychiatry UK'. Find out more at ADHD UK.

Asperger's/Autism Assessment

If you think you have Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), which includes Asperger's Syndrome, the only option is a medical diagnosis.

To access this, ask your GP for a referral to Outlook South West. The waiting list is currently 20 - 24 months.

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Contact us - Inclusive Learning team

Telephone: 01326 259 340

Email:

  • dyslexia@fxplus.ac.uk (SpLD queries)
  • or inclusive@fxplus.ac.uk (inclusion queries)
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About us

We advise, screen and support students with Specific Learning Differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Condition. We work closely with Accessibility to organise specialist support for SpLD students through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).

Our specialist support tutors can help you develop skills and strategies to maximise your potential.

We work to promote a more inclusive teaching and learning environment, both in real life and online.