If you suspect that your difficulties might be attributed to ADHD, dyslexia, or dyspraxia, your first step is to complete our online screening questionnaires. These indicate the likelihood of dyslexia so you can decide whether to have a full diagnostic assessment or not.
The diagnostic assessment
The assessment is carried out in your home, University or workplace. During the assessment you will be asked to complete a series of tasks:
The first part of the assessment is a background interview. This is to find out about any difficulties that you’ve had in education or the workplace and what you think and feel about them. Your input is important for our assessors to gain a full understanding of your learning strengths and needs.
The second part of the assessment is a series of psychometric tests. These highlight your strengths and weaknesses in how you learn and process information.
At the end of the assessment, the assessor will give you a verbal summary of your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you understand what the results mean and what they say about the way you learn and process information.
This will be followed up by a more detailed and comprehensive report. If the report indicates Dyslexia, it can be used as written evidence to gain support and reasonable adjustments through Government schemes, such as the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for those in Higher Education and the Access to Work scheme (AtW) for those in the workplace.
NKH Assessors are experienced in working with adults and young people with all kinds of Neurological differences (different ways of thinking, learning and understanding). If we suspect that your results indicate something other than Dyslexia (for example, ADHD) you will be advised on where to find further support.
Funding a diagnostic assessment
A dyslexia diagnostic assessment is not funded through the NHS. There are several routes to fund a diagnostic assessment:
As a student on a Higher Educational Course
- Fully funded by some Universities
- Part funded by some Universities
As an individual in the workplace
- Fully funded by some Employers
- Part funded by some Employers
REMEMBER: A diagnosis produces legally recognised written evidence required to gain access to additional support and funding. An employer has a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to recognise your difficulties and carry out reasonable adjustments based on an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. A diagnostic assessment could be seen as part of this process and might mean that the employer may be willing to fund/part fund an assessment and offer continuing support. You should discuss this further with your employer and/or HR team.
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