Specific learning difficulties
BY University of Reading 24 February 2017
Specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) like dyslexia and dyspraxia are the most common disabilities among university students. You may have been assessed before coming to university. Often, students will only begin to suspect that they might have a problem when they have difficulty with the more complex and extensive studies they are expected to undertake at university. If you think you may have dyslexia, dyspraxia, and other difficulties like dyscalculia and Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, assessments can be arranged at the University.We also advise students on a range of strategies that they may use to help them in their studies. For some students with well-developed learning strategies, difficulties may not arise until they are attempting postgraduate study. Find out about:
- Funding support for SpLD – the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)
- Postgraduate students with SpLDs
- Other strategies that may help students with a SpLD (including ADHD)
- Dyslexia Foundation: a really useful site with targeted advice for students in higher education.
- BRAINinHE: a comprehensive resource on dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties at university with detailed definitions and suggested strategies.
- British Dyslexia Association: has general information and advice on dyslexia.
- Dyspraxia Foundation: supports individuals affected by dyspraxia.
- Adders: information and support for people affected by ADD and AD(H)D. Mostly aimed at families but research articles are useful.
Please do not wait until your final year to think about being assessed. We will not recommend or fund full diagnostic assessment in the last three months of your course because there is insufficient time to put adjustments and support in place.