Dyslexia & Other Specific Learning Difficulties
Specialist Teaching and Assessment
- Qualified in teaching students with Specific Learning Difficulties using a multi-sensory approach;
- Experienced in teaching study skills strategies to help students overcome barriers to learning and reach their full potential;
- Qualified in assessing for exam access arrangements and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).
Information & Resources to help you
Follow the links below to find more information.
If you think you may be Dyslexic, follow this link to download a PDF of a Dyslexia checklist. When you have completed it, please bring it with you when you come for interview or to enrol.
Staff in our Learning Resource Centre (D1) can guide you through a computerised Dyslexia screening, after which a Dyslexia Specialist will provide feedback.
If you think you may be Dyspraxic, follow this link to download a PDF of a Dyspraxia checklist. When you have completed it, please bring it with you when you come for interview or to enrol.
You may have Visual Stress if you experience the following symptoms, which do not show up during a standard eye test with an optician:
- difficulty and/or discomfort in reading, sometimes due to light sensitivity
- print is blurred from the outset
- print 'jumps' around the page
- words join together to form a continuous line of letters
If you think you may have Visual Stress, download a PDF checklist here. When you have completed it, please bring it with you when you come for interview or to enrol.
An assessment can be carried out using a coloured overlay.
To help combat the symptoms of Visual Stress, tinted glasses can be worn when reading and writing. You will need to use the services of a specialist optometrist, and you may find these links useful in locating a specialist in your area:
Follow this link to the Society for Coloured Lens Prescribers.
Follow this link to the Institute of Optometry.
Here to help
Our Learning Support Team is ready to help you with:
- Initial assessment and exam support assessment
- Advice, information and guidance on coping strategies
- Help communicating your needs to other members of the Barking & Dagenham College team
- Advice, training and demonstrations for assistive software (such as Natural Reader and Dragon) to aid independent learning
- Accessing other internal and external services
- Moving on to Higher Education and employment
- DSA applications and funding
If you have already declared your learning difficulty/disability, then our team will be in touch. You can also mention any concerns to any course staff member or you can contact us as follows:
020 3667 0402 or 020 3667 0114
Email our team via these quick links.