The screening programme runs from October to April each year.
You may feel that the effort you are putting into your studies is not reflected in the grades you are getting. It is not uncommon for students to discover that they have dyslexia while they are in college. Dyslexia mainly affects reading and language skills and the effects can range from mild to very severe. The sooner dyslexia is identified, the sooner suitable learning and coping strategies can be employed to minimise its effects.
Some Characteristics of Dyslexia
- Slow hesitant reading
- Difficulty in understanding written material
- Frequent re-reading, losing the place when reading
- Poor spelling
- Difficulty with organisation or time management, often mixing up dates and times
- Difficulty sequencing thoughts clearly
The Disability Support Service provides a Dyslexia Screening Service for registered students of UCC. This service is free and aims to provide students with an indication of whether or not it would be useful for them to get a full Educational Psychologist’s Assessment. It is the student's choice as to whether he/she will pursue a full assessment outside of UCC. If the student wishes to pursue further testing after the screening a list of all registered psychologists can be found on the Psychological Society of Ireland website. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI), www.dyslexia.ie sometime offers students an assessment at a reduced rate. Students may be able to seek financial support to have this full assessment from the student Assistance Fund.
- Completing the Screening Application Form
- You will be invited to a group screening. Please note that other students may sit the screening tests in the same venue as you. These screenings take place every friday afternoon during term-time and last about 40 minutes. You will have your own individual workspace.
- If necessary you will be offered a follow up individual screening apointment, where you will have to carry our a number of pen and paper screening tasks. Your screener will be present and guide you through the process, which lasts about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Please note that these sessions often book up quickly. As a result students are encouraged to make contact with the DSS about screening as early in the academic year as possible.
- Screenings will not provide the student with a diagnosis
- Students will not be provided with supports or accommodations in UCC on the basis of the results of a screening.
Screenings are carried out by the Advisor to Students with Specific Learning Difficulties and/or graduate applied psychologiy screeners. The DSS also carries out preliminary screening for dyscalculia. For more information please speak with the Disability Advisor to Students with SLD