Assessments for Specific Learning Differences. (E.g. Dyslexia/Dyspraxia)

This article includes information about the process for students who have or suspect they may have a specific learning difference such as Dyslexia, but do not have appropriate evidence.

Psychological Assessment

All students are encouraged to obtain a full assessment before they arrive or return to University. This ensures that there are no delays to any application process or support requirements. 

ASDAC referrals

An independent Chartered Educational Psychologist agrees a limited number visits to the University each academic year. The Psychologist can assess current students referred by ASDAC.

For advice about a referral, contact ASDAC on asdac@port.ac.uk, telephone +44(0)23 9284 3462 or call in person to the 3rd Floor Nuffield Centre.

Assessments undertaken privately

The information below will give you details on where you can seek assessment outside of the University but is not an endorsement of any of the organisations. If you are intending to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance, then please ask the practitioner to ensure the report meets the necessary criteria.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

The BPS provide an on-line directory to identify chartered psychologists operating in your local area, using a postcode search. You will need to search for an Educational Psychologist on the following link:  Directory of Chartered Psychologists

You can use the following parameters in your search:

  • Post Code: [Your local Post Code]
  • What type of Psychologist are you looking for?   Educational
  • Who is this for? Adult
  • What is the issue? Dyslexia Assessment, Learning Difficulties
  • Surname: [Leave this blank]

Tel: +44(0)116 254 9568

Email: enquiries@bps.org.uk

British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association provide an on-line directory of qualified assessors operating in your local area. You will need to register to use the site. Please use the following link: Tutor/Assessor Directory

You can use the following parameters in your search:

  • Name: [Leave blank]
  • Country: [Leave blank]
  • Postcode: [Enter your local Postcode]
  • Distance: Within 20 Miles
  • Dyslexia/SpLD services: Diagnostic Assessment

Tel: +44(0)845 251 9002

E-mail: assessments@bdadyslexia.org.uk

Local Branches: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

PATOSS - The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with SpLDs

PATOSS also provide an on-line directory of qualified assessors operating in your local area. Search for full diagnostic assessments on the following link: PATOSS Tutor Index

You can use the following parameters in your search:

  • Postcode or town: [Enter your location]
  • Distance: Within 25 miles
  • Age range experience: HE
  • Dyslexia/SpLD services: Full Diagnostic assessment

Tel: +44(0)1386 712 650

E-mail: info@patoss-dyslexia.org

Financial assistance

If you are a registered student you may be able to apply for support to offset the cost of obtaining your evidence by contacting Student Finance Centre. Staff in the Centre will advise you on the process and eligibility criteria


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