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DSA Diagnostic Assessments
bulletDo you suspect you have Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difficulty?
bulletAre you going on to Higher Education? Then you may qualify for the Disabled Students Allowance if you get a Diagonstic Assessment.

11+/12+ appeals

bulletIf you are appealing, proof of suitability may be gathered from an assessment and given to the Appeal panel.
NB The Appeal process for Buckinghamshire is changing in 2012/2013.

Concerns over progress at school?

bulletChallenges with reading, spelling, writing, maths, memory, speech/language, organisational skills and co-ordination?
bulletStrengths in conceiving of things as a whole, visual skills and being a quick problem solver?
bulletA specific profile can be identified and suggestions given for support, ILP/IEPs and for teaching programmes.

Exam access arrangements for Secondary School/Common Entrance, GCSE, A levels.

bulletExtra time: slower at writing/reading/form filling?
bulletReader: inaccurate, slow reading and comprehension?
bulletTranscriber: illegible handwriting and transcription difficulties?
bulletAmanuensis: illegible/slow writing?
bulletRest breaks: problems with attention that necessitate rest breaks?
bulletSeparate room: does reading aloud help?

Important

bulletYour SENCo may be qualified to test for EAA – ask at school first! and the decision of whether or not to apply for EAA rests with the school.
The EAA must reflect the child’s normal way of working (read aloud, having someone read/transcribe).
Extra time is not always the answer. Some children with SpLDs benefit more from “rest breaks”. Teaching how to use extra time beneficially is vital as it will eat into precious recovery time on days when there is a packed timetable.