Sheffield Dyslexia Centre

Teaching, Supporting, Assessing

Diagnostic Assessments

Diagnostic assessments are carried out within our centre by one of our experienced, highly qualified assessors-either a specialist teacher or a consulting, chartered psychologist.
Usually, but not exclusively, adults are assessed by chartered occupational psychologist, Mrs Justine Webb and children by specialist teacher, Mrs Karen Anderson.
The regulations have recently been changed and, although previously only those obtained after the age of 16 were admissible, now a report obtained at any age can be used as evidence of specific learning difficulties when applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance (D.S.A.) in Higher Education.

Before the assessment appointment:

You will receive an email confirming the appointment, with travel directions, applicable questionnaires and payment details.
Please return the completed questionnaire(s) at least one week before the appointment date as they provide important background information and ensure that the assessor is appropriately prepared.
If you wish the school/college to be involved, please pass on the appropriate questionnaire to them to complete.
If the application for GCSE or GCE exam access arrangements are a likely outcome, permission to liaise with the school or college will be required for the completion of the necessary paperwork.

During the assessment appointment:

Please allow up to 3 hours for the appointment. Accompanying friends or family are welcome to use our waiting room where hot and cold drinks are provided.
Ample, free parking is available on site.
The assessor will discuss the information contained in your questionnaires and your current needs and concerns.
The formal process involves assessment of performance in verbal and non-verbal underlying ability, levels of attainment in reading, spelling, writing (and sometimes maths) and diagnostic testing to investigate the presence of dyslexia and possible indications of other specific learning difficulties.
Areas of strength are identified as well as any problem areas.
Some verbal feedback will be provided at the end of the session.

Following the assessment appointment:

The completed report is emailed within 3 working weeks of the assessment date.
This comprehensive report details scores, conclusions reached and personalised recommendations for support. It may suggest, for example, appropriate exam access arrangements, useful resources, assistive technologies and/or access to specialist tuition.
After the report has been received, a ½ hour post-assessment feedback session can be arranged to discuss the findings/recommendations in the report, if required.

Costs for Assessment with Specialist Teacher/Psychologist


How to book

To book or enquire about any teaching, assessments or courses, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.