Academia is a high-pressure environment that many individuals struggle to adjust to, particularly if they experience emotional or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). At YPS Psychology we specialise in the provision of SpLD assessments for universities and colleges, evaluating students’ underlying abilities and cognitive weaknesses, literacy needs, problems with attention and writing, numeracy difficulties, and organisation/time management issues, and helping them to apply for the support they need for a range of conditions including:
We also provide assessments of students for SpLD who have autism and hearing impairments. With years of experience working closely with individuals on the autism spectrum we are able to administer tests in a sensitive manner. Our assessments also cover English as an Additional Language (or EAL) students in FE and HE settings. We give careful consideration of linguistic and cultural variations among EAL students that may adversely affect their test performance.
In addition we also examine academic-related needs, supporting applications for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and Access Arrangements, including: Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties, for Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia, and Dyscalculia.
Our training sessions on specific learning difficulties have proved popular amongst student well-being departments and mental health staff. We ensure that our sessions are informative, interactive and applicable to staff working within their roles. A combination of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic focussed teaching is utilised and staff feedback has been excellent.